Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a rally outside Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on June 22, 2016 (AFP Photo/Federico Parra)
Caracas (AFP) - Venezuela's government is considering asking the high court to dissolve the legislature controlled by President Nicolas Maduro's opponents who are seeking to remove him from office, a spokesman said Tuesday.
It was the latest maneuver in a political conflict that has raised tensions in the volatile South American country as it struggles with an economic crisis.
Maduro's side "has started discussions to request a consultation with the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court" with a view to achieving "the abolition of this National Assembly," ruling coalition spokesman Didalco Bolivar told a news conference.
The opposition blames Maduro for a deep economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages and deadly looting.
It has launched efforts to remove him since taking control of the assembly in January. Maduro has challenged them through the Supreme Court, which his rivals say he controls.
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Update #1: Venezuela leftist coalition may push to dissolve legislature (Financial Times)
Update #2: Venezuelan Government Seeking to Abolish Congress (Washington Free Beacon)
WNU Editor: Venezuela is now one step away from a dictatorship. Meanwhile .... the economic/food crisis gets worse .... Venezuela’s never-ending downward spiral: Analysis (IRIN).