The president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC, in Spanish), Diosdado Cabello, said on September 7 that the institution will not press for a reform to the Constitution, despite the fact that this was its main objective when it was created in August 2017. According to Cabello, the ANC will meet until December 31st. In other news, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, reported that until Sunday, September 13, there will be greater flexibility in economic activities throughout the country.
“The ANC has fulfilled its mandate, it does not necessarily have to fulfill all the functions assigned to it,” said Cabello. The ANC’s decision violates Article 347 of the Venezuelan Constitution, which establishes that the entity’s functions are “to transform the State, create a new legal system, and draft a new Constitution.”
Meanwhile, Maduro said that all the country’s states fall under the expanded flexibility scheme until September 13, except those on the border with Colombia. The banking sector will be open to individuals from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm, and on Fridays, at the same hours, to companies and legal entities.