Just a few months after being given congressional control by the voters, Venezuelan opposition leaders have had nearly all of their initiatives ignored, or rendered ineffective. Facing nearly insurmountable economic problems (the country is struggling with triple-digit inflation), it is a nation against itself.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s key partner in opposing the Legislature is the country’s Supreme Court. Legislative efforts to free political prisoners, and even something as non-controversial as providing nutritional aid for the elderly, have been disallowed by the nation’s high court.
With any actions of the newly elected assembly being stymied by Maduro and the Supreme Court, many Venezuelans including Linked In analyst David Osio are questioning whether the country’s democratic institutions have a future. Shortly after the Legislature moved to end Maduro’s previously approved emergency powers the courts intervened to extend them. Maduro has threatened to dissolve the Congress if the threat of a coup should arise.
The future remains clearly in doubt for this once prosperous, and still oil rich, country.