The Supreme Tribunal’s Electoral Chamber has found the National Assembly in contempt (desacato) over the swearing-in of the three questioned Assembly Members from Amazonas State. The decision declares “absolutely null” any National Assembly decision while the three deputies in question hold their seats.
The five judges of the Electoral Chamber who handed down this decision are all hardcore chavistas, including a PSUV member of parliament who just lost his seat in the National Assembly in the same election he’s now effectively invalidated.
What we have here is a very chavista kind of autogolpe. Whereas in Perú, in 1992, Alberto Fujimori shut down congress the gorilla way, with tanks on the street, chavismo self-coup comes all decked out in jurisprudential sophistry.
The end result is the same: the democratically elected legislative is under attack at the hand of an authoritarian executive with total control over a puppet judiciary.
When you control enough of the rest of the state, the tanks are surplus to requirement.
No surprises here. Yet no less sobering for it.
UPDATE: The first MUD reaction is defiant. Simón Calzadilla, the National Assembly’s third in command, vows to press on legislating with the 112 deputies elected on December 6th.
— VVSincensura (@VVperiodistas) January 11, 2016
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