Venezuela’s Controversial High Court Ruling Reversed

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Venezuela’s Controversial High Court Ruling Reversed
by Stephen Lendman
What’s it all about? On March 29, Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) ruled the National Assembly in contempt of court for continuing to allow three anti-Bolivarian politicians to be seated in the body despite elections they won declared null and void – because of irregularities discovered.
The High Court ordered them re-re-run. Evidence revealed vote-buying. Permitting the disputed deputies to hold their seats would give anti-President Maduro forces broader powers with a two-thirds majority.
The TSJ’s order was ignored, three disputed deputies sworn in illegally. Last August, TSJ justices declared National Assembly Presiding Council members and disputed deputies in contempt of court.
Last Wednesday, the TSJ ruled the National Assembly still in contempt of its ruling and constitutional law, saying:
“As long as the disrespect and invalidity of the proceedings of the National Assembly persists, this Constitutional Chamber will ensure that the parliamentary powers are exercised directly by this Chamber or by the body it has in place to ensure the rule of law.”
On Saturday, the TSJ reversed its Wednesday ruling – in response to Maduro’s request to review its decision.
TSJ president Maikel Moreno said Venezuelan officials may carry out their duties as long as as constitutional law is observed, stressing:
“The Supreme Court of Justice will never have conflicts with any other public power.” Maduro commented, saying “controversy…must be resolved through dialogue.”
Media scoundrels misinterpreted the High Court ruling, calling it a move to dissolve parliament. No anti-democratic coup occurred.
New York Times editors turned truth on its head, headlining “Venezuela’s Descent Into Dictatorship.”
Throughout Hugo Chavez’s tenure, The Times called him a “populist demagogue, an authoritarian, a caudillo (strongman).”
He was a widely respected model democrat, a social justice champion. Maduro carries his torch. He’s no authoritarian or dictator.
Times editors support fascist elements wanting Venezuela returned to its bad old days, Bolivarian fairness abolished, Big Oil getting control over the country’s vast hydrocarbon reserves.
US economic war on the country created great hardships for its people. Times editors blame Maduro for harshness instituted by Washington.
Their criticism of Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling was over-the-top. Reversing it restored the status quo.
Venezuelan hard times require concerted efforts to overcome. Low oil prices make restoring prosperity hard to achieve.
Key above other issues is menacing US policy, wanting fascist rule replacing Bolivarian democracy – jeopardized by neocons infesting Washington.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.