Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Maduro announced he would ask the ruling-party controlled Congress to grant him new powers to defend the country against threats to its sovereignty. He didn’t specify the powers or say how he’d apply them. Lawmakers were expected to take up the measure Tuesday. Opponents blasted the plan, saying it would be used quash dissent. Opposition leaders also raised concerns that expanded powers could allow Maduro to override the results of legislative elections expected late this year.