(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – The Venezuelan opposition has accused President Nicolas Maduro of violating the constitution by delivering his annual state of the union address before the Supreme Court.
During his speech, Mr Maduro said he hoped to be able to address the National Assembly next year.
Last week the assembly declared that he had in effect abandoned his post by mismanaging the economy.
Mr. Maduro said he was fulfilling his daily duties.
After the National Assembly’s decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Mr Maduro was allowed to deliver his annual report to the judges.
“It is public knowledge that I am fully exercising my constitutional duties day after day,” said Mr. Maduro at the beginning of his speech, which was broadcast on national television.