Venezuelan government extends emergency decrees for another 60 days

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on 13 November 2016 that his government extended a decree declaring a general state of emergency and a state of economic emergency for a further 60 days. According to Maduro, the extension is necessary to fight against an economic war waged against Venezuela, to support government-run food distribution programs, and to promote investment (Panorama). La Patilla noted this is the fifth extension of the emergency decrees since March 2016. The extensions received approval from the country's Supreme Court, but were rejected by the opposition-controlled legislature.