The National Assembly met today in a special session in which it declared itself in permanent session with the goal of debating the extension of Maduro’s economic emergency decree.
In late January, Maduro proposed the declaration of an economic emergency, and asked the National Assembly for the power to rule by decree on a number of economic-related areas. The National Assembly debated Maduro’s request and ultimately voted reject Maduro’s request. Three weeks later, the Tribunal Supremo de Justicia issued a surprise ruling in which it said that the economic decree was indeed in effect, and that it would expire on March 16.
During today’s session, National Assembly President Henry Ramos Allup announced that key ministers and other cabinet members would be summoned to the legislature on Tuesday to answer deputies’ questions about the nature and scope of the economic emergency decree. Vice-President Aristobulo Isturiz is among the PSUV figures that the National Assembly will summon.
Allup explained that the National Assembly is taking the debate seriously:
We have eight days to approve or reject the extension. Professor [Aristobulo] Isturiz has been invited to bring us information on the issue of the economy including debt, production, scarcity and inflation figures.
Energy Minister: Guri Damn At Critical Level
Minister of Electrical Energy Luis Motta Dominguez tweeted a picture yesterday showing the water level at the Guri hydroelectric dam at critical levels. The undated photo shows that the water level is so low that it is no longer entering the dam.
Below, the picture in question along with the text that accompanied it:
The arrow shows where the [water] level at Guri should be under optimal conditions… the water no longer reaches the gates.
Last month, Motta Dominguez warned that the country’s electrical system was heading for a complete collapse in as early as April of this year.
The Guri hydroelectric plant provides approximately 33% of the country’s electricity.
Maduro, Flores Dance Against Imperalism
During yesterday’s anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Maduro took the opportunity to dance with his wife, Cilia Flores, while thousands of supporters looked on.
Below, a video of the dance, along with my translation of the VTV reporter’s commentary:
Repoter [Starts at around 0:25]: … the head of state. Few heads of state would dare to dance with their people to enjoy the happiness of a people who protest through emotions that are far from threatening… what we see here is a happiness that characterizes the people, something that [our enemies] have not been able to understand because the people are not violent. The people are certainly capable of filling the streets – with happiness, that is.
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