Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Venezuelan Enabling Act revealed an item not discussed

Maduro-enabling-actCARACAS - The Spanish website Infobae published a note which reveals that the new Enabling Act provides a special power for President Maduro to establish “sanctions for actions that could endanger the security and defense of the nation.”

The arrangement, unknown so far, is so broad that it opens the door for any type of maneuver. Only the President may determine what or who is "attempting" against Venezuela.

The final text of the law passed on Tuesday came with a surprise that was not in the draft submitted by the same Maduro in the National Assembly. The Enabling Act now includes the ability of President Maduro to "make rules that punish actions that threaten the security and defense of the nation, state institutions, public authorities and providing essential public services for the development and quality of life of the people ".

This is not a minor faculty taking into account that the Bolivarian president has set the theme of the superpowers as an "economic war". Since winning-with-tight margin last April elections, Maduro is looking for these superpowers. In parallel, he launched his crusade against the opposition and employers, accusing them of seeking to "destabilize" the country.

This new prerogative, as wide as confusing, would enable him limitless to punish - even with imprisonment - his enemies. Through a decree he may determine what or who goes against "the security and defense of the nation, state institutions, public authorities and providing essential public services for the development and quality of life of the people".

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