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Venezuela prez asks parliament to grant him special powers to fight corruption

October 09, 2013, 5:42 UTC+3
We have launched struggle against corruption and we shall not stop until we overcome it," the president said
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

CARACAS, October 9 (Itar-Tass) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Madur has requested parliament to grant him special power that are essential fot fight against corruption and for counteracting the economic war which is being waged by the bourgeoisie. He announced this when addressing the members of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

"If corruption continues to gain in scope in accordance with the capitalist logic of disruption, we shall have no Socialism. We have launched struggle against corruption and we shall not stop until we overcome it," the president said.

Maduro's predecessor in the presidency, Hugo Chavez, had been four times granted special powers by the National Assembly over the 14 years of his tenure of office. Due to special powers, he had been able to sign over 200 presidential decrees which had the force of law.

Last week, Maduro threatened the opponents of the Bolivarian revolution with the application of special measures. Accusing the opposition of "waging a psychological warfare directed against economic stability", he warned that the authorities were not going to sit idle. Therefore, the president pointed out, if in October "the opposition's subversive activity does not cease", he would "take special measures aimed at moving on to a new phase of the Bolivarian revolution".

Addressing the people, the members of the ruling United Socialist Party, and the servicemen of the Bolivarian Armed Forces, the president asked them to give him all-round support "in counteracting the economic war" being waged by the bourgeoisie.

When addressing his political opponents, Maduro said, "If you go ahead with the war against the people, I shall launch a transition to a new phase of the Revolution with the help of the Constitution, popular masses, and the Armed Forces".

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