Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Acting Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 30, 2017

The United States condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29 decision to usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly. This rupture of democratic and constitutional norms greatly damages Venezuela’s democratic institutions and denies the Venezuelan people the right to shape their country’s future through their elected representatives. We consider it a serious setback for democracy in Venezuela… FULL TEXT