Venezuela's current demagogue asks for more power;
[President Nicolas] Maduro said he believes “a profound transformation of the justice system” is indispensable, and proposed the creation of professional teams in the public prosecutor’s office to investigate economic crimes. He also proposed the creation of “special organisations” to judge those crimes, as well as a legal framework to legislate around the financial functioning of political practices.
Prior to his speech he had also said that he wanted the maximum penalty for engaging in corruption to be increased from 8 years to 20.
He also emphasised the role of the people in fighting corruption and denouncing such cases. “I call on the people to not permit corruption...to not tolerate corruption either of those with a yellow collar [opposition supporters] nor the corruption of those with a red collar [supporters of the Bolivarian revolution]. It’s the same thuggery, no matter how you dress; it’s the same anti-people and anti-country behaviour,” he said.
Maduro asked for enabling powers for one year. The law is a constitutional tool which would allow Maduro pass certain laws by decree, bypassing the national assembly. In this case, it would enable him to quickly put into place the measures he proposed.One of which would be that it would be a crime to criticize his regime in the press over shortages of toilet paper?
But, hey, he just wants to be a community organizer, like Barack Obama;
A second aim of the new phase of the Street Government is to increase the role of community organisations in the implementation of new public works. As such, Maduro said the role of the Street Government was to “activate popular forces and convert them into government, solving problems and executing public works”.
The Venezuelan president also put emphasis on the need to strengthen the country’s communes, which the government regards as indispensable in the move towards a “21st century socialist” productive economic model.
Communes in Venezuela are made up of groups of communal councils, which are grassroots bodies composed of members of the local community. Communes are able to take on larger scale projects than community councils and further develop mechanisms of local self-governance.
That, and turn the country into a nation of informers on one another, as in the former East Germany, and the current Cuba. Reportedly he has 98 of the 99 votes he needs to pass the measure.