The constitutional amendment will be submitted to a second debate in the legislature in the coming days, but cannot be retroactively applied to Maduro's term if approved
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro holds out his right fist while standing next to Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz during a ceremony marking the 206th anniversary of the call for independence from Spain, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Opposition members are calling for Venezuelans to demonstrate across the country Tuesday to pressure Maduro to leave office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano), photo: AP/Fernando Llano
26 of April 2016 12:30:47
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's supreme court has struck down an attempt by the opposition to cut short President Nicolás Maduros' term in office, ruling that a proposed constitutional amendment to that effect cannot be applied retroactively.Venezuela's opposition won control of the legislature last year and is seeking to remove Maduro, proposing both a recall referendum and an amendment to cut his term from six to four years. Maduro is near the mid-point of his presidency.The constitutional amendment will be submitted to a second debate in the legislature in the coming days, but even before its final approval the court has weighed in to rule that the move would be constitutional if approved by a referendum but could not be applied to Maduro's term.It "cannot take effect retroactively or be applied immediately," the court said.The socialist Maduro has seen his popularity plummet amid a recession, high inflation and product shortages.