October 9, 2013 (The Associated Press)
Venezuelan President asked lawmakers to give him special powers that he says he needs to fight corruption and what he called “economic sabotage”. During his 14 years presidency, Chavez was granted the power to rule by decree on four occasions. He used it to enact 200 legal changes that strengthened state control over Venezuela's economy.
There is no need for an enabling law to fight corruption (By Monitor Legislativo)
The possibility that bodies democratically elected to create laws delegate that power to the executive branch is not of itself a violation of the separation of powers. However, delegated legislative powers are exception and, just like any exception, is of strict interpretation and applicability. Legislation-making power can only be delegated in exceptional circumstances. The fight against corruption is not an “extraordinary circumstance”, especially since Venezuela already has anti-corruption laws that must be enforced.