|Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures during a demonstration in Caracas. - AFP Photo|Viet Nam News
CARACAS – Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected the opposition’s latest bid to cut short the term of President Nicolas Maduro, whose opponents blame him for a severe economic crisis.
The court ruled that a constitutional amendment proposed by opposition lawmakers could not be applied retroactively or immediately to Maduro’s current term as the bill proposed.
It said that would violate "the will of the people" who elected him.
The opposition vowed to oust Maduro when it took control of the legislature in January after winning elections.
Lower house lawmakers last week approved on a first reading a bill proposing to reduce presidential terms from six years to four. That bill would also have to be approved in a referendum to enter into force.
The court said in its ruling on Monday that "trying to use a constitutional amendment to cut short immediately a term of office of someone popularly elected, such as the president of the republic, is an act of fraud against the constitution."
Maduro has successfully blocked previous bills in the National Assembly by appealing to the Supreme Court. -- AFP