Venezuelan legislature to investigate Maduro and Merentes over paper money shortage

Venezuela's Asamblea Nacional (AN) on 19 December 2016 agreed to investigate President Nicolás Maduro and Central Bank President Nelson Merentes to determine their responsibility for violence that broke out following the paper money shortages since 16 December. Opposition Deputy Freddy Guevara noted Article 294 of the Constitution provides for jail sentences in connection with destruction and looting, and stated Maduro should be imprisoned (Tal Cual). The legislative accord demanded the Government to extend the validity of the current money supply, and to take an inventory of damages caused to businesses and residents and send humanitarian aid to Bolívar state, the area of the country that experienced the highest level of looting and violence related to cash shortages (Efecto Cocuyo).