(14 Dec 2016) Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Wednesday held a swearing-in ceremony in Caracas for two directors to the National Electoral Council.
The move is likely to deepen the political conflict between the opposition and loyalists to President Nicolas Maduro as the opposition-held National Assembly plans to name its own members to the election board.
Venezuela’s National Assembly argues that they are in charge of naming the members to the election board, and the appointments made by the court are unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court, however, charges that it made the appointments because the Assembly didn’t meet the deadlines, and that the Assembly is in contempt of Court webpage.
According Simon Calzadilla, second vice president of the Assembly; if a quorum is reached Wednesday, it will name two of the five directors to the National Electoral Council.
The Supreme Court’s picks are Socorro Hernandez y Tania D’ Amelio, former members of the ruling party.
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