Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, sought special decree powers on Tuesday from the parliament of his country to effectively deal with the new sanctions imposed on it by the U.S. He has referred the sanctions against his country as the manifestations of the U.S. imperialism, and has accordingly, termed the proposed law to be passed by the Venezuela parliament as “an anti-imperialistic Enabling Law”. In case, the state controlled National Assembly, expectedly, agreed to his proposal for an Enabling Law, it would be the second time since his coming to power in 2013 that Maduro got these special powers.
Maduro told while delivering a speech late night on Monday that he had asked for the passing of the anti-imperialistic Enabling Law to safeguard the integrity, sovereignty, and peace of Venezuela. However, he did not mention how he intended to use the law. On the other hand, opposition leaders in the country have criticized Maduro for incurring the wrath of the U.S., and termed the latest move as a pretext to promote autocratic rule and distract the attention from serious economic conditions of the country. The leaders also accused him of bypassing even the country’s parliament. Henrique Capriles, opposition leader, enquired Nicolas in a satirical tone, whether he intended to manufacture soaps, medicines, and nappies ostensibly to reduce the rate of inflation.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has confirmed Venezuela as the adversary number one in Latin America after its reconciliation with Cuba. The Obama government has proclaimed a “national emergency” owing to the “unusual and extraordinary threat” by Venezuela to the U.S. interests. It has imposed visa ban on seven Venezuelan officials including the chief of the national intelligence, police chiefs, and various other military officers for their alleged role in the suppression of the opponents of Maduro. A financial block has also been imposed.
However, president Maduro has referred the seven officials as hero in a live address to the nation late on Monday, and appointed one of them as the interior minister of the country. Cuba, despite its improved relations with the U.S., has stood by Venezuela, and has questioned U.S’s perception of Venezuela as a threat to the U.S. a Cuban spokes man questioned how Venezuela could be a threat to the U.S. when it was situated thousands of miles away, and did not possess any strategic arms. He added that such pronouncements revealed the U.S.’s real intentions.