Venezuela ministers shun hearing on economic crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) presents the annual report before the opposition controlled National Assembly, near the president of the National Assembly Henry Ramos Allup (L), in Caracas on January 15, 2016Venezuelan government ministers refused Thursday to go before their opposition rivals for a key legislative hearing on economic emergency measures in the crisis-hit nation, officials said. The opposition-controlled National Assembly is due by Friday to vote on a bid by President Nicolas Maduro to decree a state of economic emergency in the oil-rich South American state. The leader of the pro-government bloc in the assembly, Hector Rodriguez, earlier said members of Maduro’s economic cabinet “will not take part” in the session.

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