|Not a 'yes woman.' Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega.|
That's why the stands taken by Luisa Ortega, the attorney general of increasingly authoritarian Venezuela, are so impressive.
Generally, in authoritarian regimes, those surrounding the leader support him because the leader rewards loyal allies, while those who oppose him get fired or worse.
But Ortega has defied that calculation.
Ortega called the decision by the Supreme Court - packed with government loyalists - to dissolve the
|Wannabe dictator Nicolas Maduro.|
Ortega has also declined to prosecute anti-government protesters, causing the government to send them to military courts, an evident violation of the Constitution.
Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro pointed out that trying civilians in military courts was done by Latin America's right-wing dictators.
She has also accused the Maduro government of lawbreaking and even of killing at least one protester.
Ortega is no right-wing anti-government fanatic, but leftie loyalist to the deceased Pres. Hugo Chávez.
Others have pointed out that Maduro's constitutional convention idea is a naked power grab.
We can count on at least one thing: under the new Constitution Ortega won't have a government job.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours