Bypassing congress, Maduro decrees Venezuela budget

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows the books with the national budget for 2017 at the National Pantheon in Caracas, on October 14, 2016President Nicolas Maduro issued the government’s 2017 budget by decree Friday, bypassing the opposition-held legislature in a move that could deepen Venezuela’s economic crisis. “Here is the 2017 budget and debt law. The move came a day after Venezuela’s Supreme Court — which the opposition accuses of backing Maduro — ruled the leftist leader did not have to submit his budget to the National Assembly, despite a constitutional requirement to do so.

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