The Venezuelan Supreme Court, the highest court in the country has ruled that President Nicholas Maduro’s decree of a state of emergency in the country is in line with the laws of the country’s constitution. The socialist president had issued a decree of a state of emergency in Venezuela last week amid rising tensions, a worsening economy and growing protests.
Meanwhile Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, a part of parliament of Venezuela which opposes the president and wants him to step down has rejected the state of emergency decree declared by president Maduro. The Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled in favor of the measures implemented by president Maduro and it comes as no surprise to many. The court has almost always taken the side of Maduro’s administration and it is pretty clear that they are right on board with the agenda of Nicholas Maduro.
The court cited extraordinary political, social, economic and ecological upheaval as the reason why the state of emergency is constitutional according to the their view. The state of emergency that has been declared will last for sixty days, but many fear that it could be expanded upon if conditions do not improve in Venezuela.
Opposition members to Maduro’s regime have meanwhile circulated a petition on facebook to have him removed from power. It has been signed by close to 2 million people in Venezuela. The petition has been ignored so far and the vice president has plainly stated that there will be no referendum that will depose the president. Meanwhile, soldiers are guarding, distributing and even selling food in a worsening economy.