A state of emergency decreed in Venezuela this week by President Nicolas Maduro is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
As the opposition pushed for a referendum to remove him from office, Maduro issued the decree giving sweeping powers to the security forces to impose public order and help distribute food. The opposition-controlled congress rejected the decree.
But the Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional "given the extraordinary social, economic, political, natural and ecological circumstances that are gravely affecting the national economy."
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