On 30 July, the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) held a special session to commemorate the two-year anniversary of its election. ANC president Diosdado Cabello endorsed the work carried out by the body and the extension of his term of office until December 31, 2020 and also affirmed plans to draft a new Constitution, which they expect to present in 2021.
“Two years down the road, the best way to measure the ANC’s success is in the light of its fight against right-wing leaders,” said Cabello. As for the new Constitution, he said their intention is to have a draft ready by July 2021. “We will submit this to a popular consultation, to have it approved on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo [a crucial battle in Venezuela’s struggle for independence],” he added.
It is important to clarify that the ANC was created in 2017 with the sole objective of reforming the Constitution. However, since then it has exercised the legislative functions of the National Assembly (NA), including enacting bills unrelated to its main purpose.