- Title: President of Venezuelan parliament defends attorney general's government rebuke
- Date: 31st March 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (MARCH 31, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE HELD BY PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES, SAYING: "Since the early hours of yesterday morning, we have been receiving calls from foreign ministers, heads of state, presidents of parliaments, political movements, NGOs, not to ask us what is happening in Venezuela, but rather to express their solidarity before the clear actions of a coup d'etat in Venezuela." VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES, SAYING: "The world recognises the move that the attorney general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, has taken to give value to the values that are in the constitution, and recognises all the country's institutions, the armed forces, the ombudsman, the comptroller, the magistrates, and all Venezuelans who have a position of responsibility, we call on them in the same tone, this is the moment to obey the rules of conscience, this is the moment to obey the values of Venezuela, this is the moment where the head of the country must be the constitution and the democratic values of Venezuela." VARIOUS OF NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 14th April 2017 21:40
- Keywords: Julio Borges Luisa Ortega Diaz Venezuela National Assembly
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016AAKLKZ
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- Story Text: President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Julio Borges, said on Friday (March 31) that the world recognised the move taken by the powerful attorney general earlier in the day in breaking ranks with President Nicolas Maduro's government after the judiciary annulled congress.
Luisa Ortega, appointed attorney general in 2007 and a staunch ally of the Socialists who have ruled for the last 18 years, rebuked the Supreme Court's controversial move to take over the opposition-led National Assembly's functions in a rare show of internal dissent.
Borges said he had received calls from political leaders and social movements around the world expressing their solidarity for the Venezuelan opposition in the face of what he called a coup d'etat.
He added that the world recognises the multiple pillars of Venezuela's public bodies being undermined by the government, and called on every Venezuelan with a public post to act with conscience to uphold the values of the constitution.
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