Venezuela leader limits Congress’s power over Central Bank

President Maduro approved the changes on Wednesday, but it only became public on Monday.  The president will now no longer need legislative approval to hire and fire Central Bank directors. The change was announced shortly before a new assembly, controlled by an opposition coalition, is due to be sworn in later on Tuesday. Mr Maduro approved the change to the law governing Venezuela’s Central Bank on 30 December, one day before his power to legislate by decree expired. He was granted the power to govern by decree in March by the National Assembly, which at the time was dominated by his supporters.

The amended law not only curtails the powers of the assembly over Central Bank appointments, it also allows the bank to withhold data if it deems its publication a threat to national security or economic stability. Opposition lawmakers, who won a landslide victory in elections on 6 December, had said they would press for the publication of key data. Inflation figures, estimated to be among the highest in the world, have not been made public since December 2014.(BBC)…[+]

Source: Dutch Caribbean News Venezuela leader limits Congress’s power over Central Bank