Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Venezuela: President granted sweeping powers

Venezuela's National Assembly has granted President Nicolas Maduro wide-ranging special powers to rule by decree for one year so that he can fix the economy. Tuesday's vote over the Enabling Law is the latest move by the elected Venezuelan leader, a protégé of the late President Hugo Chavez, to strengthen his hand as he faces an important political test in municipal elections next month. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Caracas.