Hundreds of supporters of the ruling Socialist Party cheered outside
the National Assembly as the so-called Enabling Law was passed, while a
recording of Maduro's late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, singing
Venezuela's anthem rang out inside the hall.
The power to pass laws without congressional approval gives Maduro a
political victory in the run-up to December 8 municipal elections,
although he still faces a severely distorted economy with embarrassing
product shortages and inflation surging to nearly 55 percent.
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