Venezuela ministers shun hearing on economic crisis


CARACAS: Venezuelan government ministers refused Thursday to go before their opposition rivals for a key legislative hearing on economic emergency measures in the crisis-hit nation, officials said. The opposition-controlled National Assembly was due to vote Friday on a bid by President Nicolas Maduro to decree a state of economic emergency in the oil-rich South American state. His economic ministers were set to defend the measures in the assembly, but pulled out in the last minute saying they would only participate if it were closed to the media, said the opposition speaker of the congress, Henry Ramos Allup. Ramos said the opposition lawmakers in the congress refused to hold the session without the media, and the assembly would make a decision on the decree on Friday.



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