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Venezuela: Supreme Court backtracks on Congress ruling

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
Venezuela: Supreme Court backtracks on Congress ruling

<p>Venezuela’s Supreme Court has backtracked on a controversial move to annul the opposition-led Congress. </p> <p>It came amid heat from the Defence Council to review the decision.</p> <p>The Council, as a body, is there to advise the government on matters relating to security and the constitution. It brings together officials from a range of sectors, including the Army, the law, government ministers and other politicians. </p> <p>Speaking ahead of the Court’s decision, Socialist President Nicolas Maduro claimed the conflict had been overcome.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Latest: Venezuela's Supreme Court reverses its move to strip congress of its legislative powers. <a href="https://t.co/heQBiczgQK">https://t.co/heQBiczgQK</a></p>— The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/848175920976457728">1 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Opposition leaders decried as a coup the Court’s move to assume the functions of the National Assembly, thereby stripping it of its legislative powers.</p> <p>The annulment of Congress had sparked protests in the capital and condemnation further afield.</p> <p>Since the opposition won control of Congress in 2015, the pro-Maduro court has blocked most of its measures. The court claims the body is in “contempt” of the law.</p> <p>Venezuela’s powerful Attorney General, Luisa Ortega, has levelled rare criticism at the judiciary, claiming the assumption of power “constitutes a rupture of the constitutional order”.</p> <p>Cracks are also showing outside of politics. Opinion polls suggest Venezuelans struggling with a fourth year of recession, the highest inflation in the world and shortages of food and medical supplies, are growing increasingly disenchanted with Maduro.</p>