Anti-Blockade Law Passed to Combat US Sanctions

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The National Constituent Assembly (ANC), made up only of pro-government members, approved this Thursday the so-called “Anti-Blockade Law” which, they say, grants the Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, power to ignore, under confidentiality, legal regulations to face the economic sanctions imposed on your Government.

The law establishes that its sections will have preferential action over the pre-existing legal framework.

It is “anti-blocking” armor It also grants powers to the Executive to “carry out all necessary legal acts or deals,” for the protection of national assets, as well as to “prevent or reverse acts or threats” that threaten the wealth of the republic.

New regulations

All this, underlined the president of the ANC, Diosdado Cabello, without prejudice to article 303 of the Constitution that orders the State to preserve all the shares of the state oil company PDVSA, in charge of managing the largest crude oil reserves in the world, which the South American country has.

The law also declares “secret and reserved the procedures, acts and records carried out on the occasion of the implementation of any of the measures” that imply non-application of norms, which now formally prohibits the legislative control of the Executive and that citizens know in real time how they are handled public money.

This confidentiality must be maintained “until 90 days after the termination” of the sanctions or circumstances that have “caused the situation.”

Controversy over this law

The only audit contemplated remains in the hands of the Comptroller General of the Republic, which may request a report from the Executive and, to a lesser extent, the Power of attorney You can “process a request” for access to these files, but through the Comptroller’s Office. The law will be in effect until the sanctions cease.

Some Chavismo leaders who have been critical of the government in recent years have rejected this bill, considering that “validate the delivery of the country”, or at least this is what Rafael Ramírez, who presided over PDVSA for more than 10 years, expressed it on Twitter.

Maduro has assured that the legislation was consulted with all regional authorities and municipal governments, but the governor of Anzoátegui state, the opposition Antonio Barreto Sira, told Efe that neither he nor the other three governors opposed to Chavez were taken into account in this process.

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