Venezuela lawmakers debate expanded powers for Maduro
SHOTLIST: CARACAS, VENEZUELA, 14 NOVEMBER, 2013 SOURCE: AFPTV - VAR Images showing Venezuelan Parliament during the debate /// --------------- AFP TEXT STORY Venezuela-economy-politics Venezuela lawmakers debate expanded powers for Maduro by Marcelo Daniel BRUSA =(PICTURE)= CARACAS, Nov 14, 2013 (AFP) - Venezuela's legislature opens debate Thursday on a measure that would give leftist President Nicolas Maduro extraordinary powers over the economy following a controversial attempt to forcibly cut consumer prices. Maduro's forces, which hold the majority in the National Assembly, hoped for a parliamentary vote before the end of the week that would pave the way for him to govern by decree. He requested the special powers last month, saying he needs them to fight corruption and combat opponents who are waging "economic warfare" against his government. Maduro said he will impose caps on private sector profits and crack down on speculators -- problems he says he can tackle once armed with the extraordinary powers, which he is seeking for one year. The so-called "enabling law" would allow Maduro to "protect wages, keep an eye on costs, protect price controls and put reasonable limits on profits, at every step of the economic ladder," he declared late Wednesday. The planned parliamentary vote is the latest move by the Venezuelan leader, a protege of late socialist president Hugo Chavez, to strengthen his hand as he faces an important political test in municipal elections next month. Over the weekend, Maduro used his existing authority to make retail appliance stores slash prices, sending troops to keep order among the unruly crowds that quickly formed. The price reductions -- which Maduro said would be extended to toys, cars and clothing-- come as workers cash their year end pay bonuses, allowing them to make purchases that otherwise might have been out of reach. Venezuela has been battered by 54 percent rate of inflation, a shortage of hard currency, and widespread shortages of consumer goods. Critics however blame Venezuela's economic woes on the government-imposed fixed exchange rate and price controls, saying they have led to shortages of basic goods such as toilet paper, rice and meat. Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had been one lawmaker short of the votes needed in the National Assembly to pass the measure, which needs a three-fifths majority. The party got the requisite 99th vote on Wednesday by ousting opposition lawmaker Maria Mercedes Aranguren from the unicameral assembly. Aranguren had been elected as a PSUV candidate, but was accused of corruption after moving to the opposition. She was replaced by her substitute, Carlos Flores, who is considered a "Chavista," a follower of the doctrine of late leader Hugo Chavez. National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello said Aranguren had been "elected with votes from Chavismo and her substitute is a Chavista." Meanwhile, opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who refused to concede defeat to Maduro in April's presidential election, has called the parliamentary move a "fraud against Venezuelans." Capriles called Maduro "a failed Cuban-style puppet, who aims to impose upon us an economic model that does not work." mb-bur/sg/jm
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