Venezuelan President Threatens Veto of Amnesty Law

The amnesty law that was passed by the Venezuelan parliament has met opposition from President Nicolas Maduro according to a Corporation Wiki report. The amnesty law would free opposition leaders like Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez as well about seventy-three other political prisoners. Supporters of the amnesty law as well as the families of the political prisoners are celebrating the approval of the law. Amidst the celebration, however, there is still a gnawing fear in the back of each supporters like Norka’s mind. The fear of President Maduro and his promise to veto the amnesty law. President Maduro served as foreign minister to the former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez. Maduro held this office from 2006 to 2013. In 2013 Chavez died of cancer. After the death of Chavez, Maduro took on the presidential duties temporarily until being formally elected. April 14, 2013, he was elected president after narrowly beating his opponent, Henrique Capriles, by the narrow margin of 1.5% of the vote. President Maduro can only veto the bill one time. After it is vetoed the opposition will have the opportunity to go the proceeders of reintroducing the bill. Reintroduction of the bill would then put the matter into the hands of the Supreme Court of Venezuela. President Maduro currently controls this Supreme Court, but for now, the opposition can celebrate at the thought of hope and freedom.