Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Granted Special Powers Designed To Counter 'Imperialism'

March 13, 2015 7:12 AM

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Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Granted Special Powers Designed To Counter 'Imperialism'

Venezuela’s congress on Thursday approved President Nicolas Maduro’s request for expanded powers, allowing him to effectively rule by decree. Maduro had requested the powers to combat U.S. “imperialism,” after the country was classified as a national security threat by the Obama administration.

The so-called “Enabling Law” would allow Maduro to enact laws for up to six months without congressional approval, and is expected to be formally approved on Sunday, Al Jazeera reported. Maduro said he would use the powers to ensure Venezuela’s "protection against meddling by other states in the int...

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