16 January 2016

Venezuela president gets rare live TV criticism

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, left, speaks with President of the National Assembly Henry Ramos Allup, prior to delivering his annual state of the nation report in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Ahead of a surprise dire economic data release, Maduro said he would declare an economic emergency giving him 60 days to unilaterally enact sweeping reforms. The decree will be debated in the newly-seated opposition congress next week.
In a stunning display of Venezuela's tense new political order, President Nicolas Maduro suffered through a long scolding from the head of the country's new opposition Congress Friday after presenting his state of the nation address.
Congress leader Henry Ramos wagged his finger inches from the embattled president's head in a rebuttal that was broadcast live across the South American country — unprecedented media access for an opponent of the country's socialist revolution.