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Opposition legislators not to attend Yearly Report in Congress

Venezuela's opposition Deputy Andrés Velásquez said that the meeting in congress is nothing but a show to legitimate the authority of Nicolás Maduro

Velázquez: Submission of the Yearly Report should be made by President Hugo Chávez (Handout photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday January 15, 2013  05:24 PM

Venezuela's opposition Deputy Andrés Velásquez announced on Tuesday in a press conference that legislators representing ruling party La Causa R would not be attending Congress' session scheduled for January 15, which aims at presenting the Government's Report for fiscal year 2012.

"La Causa R will not attend the session, which is nothing but a show to justify efforts to legitimate the authority of Nicolás Maduro." Vice-President Nicolas Maduro will be submitting the Yearly Report to the Congress in President Hugo Chávez's place, who is currently recovering from a cancer surgery he underwent on December 2012. 

The opposition deputy pointed out that "Article 237 of the Bolivarian Constitution, the one we defended and the one people was urged to vote in the referendum, dictates that ten days after the settling of the National Assembly in regular meetings, the President will submit to the National Assembly a Yearly Report concerning the Government's performance in the political, economic and social arenas. This is not something that someone else can do on the grounds that we are all Chávez (Ruling party slogan)." 

"It is President Hugo Chávez the one responsible for submitting the Yearly Report, not Maduro."
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