Constitution written by the ANC will go to popular referendum

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, reiterated that the constitution that will be written by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will go to an approval referendum.

«On the day the Constituent Assembly dictates a constitution, even if it only modifies a single letter, it must go to a popular referendum and the people of Venezuela will say whether to approve it or not», he said during a press conference with international media, developed at the Miraflores Palace.

The Head of State said that the ANC is constitutional and its power is alive.

«I do not know in which Constitutions of the world the Original Constituent Power is contemplated and is alive … I would recommend everyone to read articles 347, 348 and 349 of our constitution, where is the Original Constituent Power», he said during a press conference with international media.

He stated that the Originary Constituent Power, as well as being established in the constitution, is endorsed in the judgments of the former Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of 1999, which establishes jurisprudence and gives its superiority above all constituted powers.

He commented in particular on a judgment resulting from an appeal against the constitutional decree of 1999 that established the control of the Congress of the Republic by the National Constituent Assembly, requested by the president of the Chamber of Deputies (of 1999), Henrique Capriles Radonsky.

The appeal was declared inadmissible and the CSJ established that all constituted powers should be subordinated to the constituent power.

He recalled that at that time was established the coexistence between the Constituent Power, with all its supra-constitutional and plenipotentiary powers, and the Legislative Power, adding that it is a situation similar to the current one.