HAVANA TIMES — At the request of the Maduro government, the Venezuelan Supreme Court has overturned virtually every law passed by the legislature, controlled by the opposition. The latest came on Friday when it ruled unconstitutional a law passed by the National Assembly granting property titles to the occupants of government built housing.
The Supreme Court issued the sentence blocking the intention of granting title to the occupants of the dwellings built by the Government within its so-called Great Housing Mission, since according to the deputies the supposed “owners” are only given a permit to live there.
The statement from the court responded to a request from President Nicolas Maduro, who asked to declare the law unconstitutional on the grounds that it intended to “privatize” the dwellings built by the State. The ruling of the Supreme Court states that the Assembly law would pave the way for the units to enter the speculative housing market.”
The court adds that the Assembly went beyond its functions by condoning “debts incurred by the beneficiaries of this public policy to the detriment of the guiding principles of social security and the duties as citizens of solidarity and paying their share of public burdens”.
Opposition lawmaker Adriana D’Elia, promoter of the law, replied that the “only reason for not granting property rights is that Maduro wants to continue blackmailing the Venezuelan people.”
The head of the opposition bloc, Julio Borges, stressed that property ownership is not a concession by the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PUSV), but a “constitutional right”. “What’s unconstitutional here is the Supreme Court of the PSUV. Maduro steals your property,” he said on his Twitter account.