- Maduro extends powers over security
- State of emergency follows week of violent riots
- Opposition still seeking referendum to oust president
A 60-day state of emergency declared by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday has come into effect giving him expanded powers to deal with the country’s growing political and economic crisis. Its the second such decree – the first issued in January was also extended attracting much criticism from opposition leaders.
Soaring inflation, a shrinking economy, food shortages and power cuts are daily struggles for Venezuelans.It’s hospitals are also failing.
The extended presidential powers will give Maduro control over security, energy and the distribution of goods namely food.
Washington has expressed concern at Venezuela’s deteriorating political situation, claiming it is on the verge of “disintegration”. A standoff between supporters of the president and the opposition has intensified since Maduro’s critics gathered over a million signatures to launch a referendum process to remove him. Last week violent riots demanded the recall vote.