CARACAS – The Venezuelan Constituent Assembly ratified Nicolas Maduro on Thursday as head of state and of government, as well as the “commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces” (FANB).
The Constituent Assembly unanimously approved Maduro “as constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, head of state and government, commander in chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces,” said the agreement read by the constituent member Aristobulo Isturiz during a special session.
The text states that Maduro “has fully complied with all his constitutional duties and obligations” and that he is also “a fundamental support” for the Constituent Assembly’s decisions.
In addition, the Constituent Assembly considers the president as “a guarantee for the current democratic process of integral transformation” of the country.
The Constituent Assembly held on Thursday its third plenary session with a special convocation attended by Maduro.
During this session, which took place in the Legislative Palace, Maduro gave a speech of approximately three hours and handed over his draft Constitution to the Constituent Assembly, claiming that it is the same as that of the late President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), his predecessor.
The Constituent Assembly was elected on July 30 and has more than 500 members, all related to the Maduro government, with the mission of solving the country’s crisis.
With almost unlimited powers, this body has been rejected by the Venezuelan opposition and not recognized by much of the international community.
The Constituent Assembly has the power to dismiss and appoint any state authority, dictate and reform laws and implement decisions without having to go through any other power, as it recently did with the controversial dismissal of Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, following a brief confrontation between her and Maduro.