In his first public statement on his prospective oil policy were he to be elected, opposition candidate Capriles Radonski said that he would put an end to Venezuela’s current preferential oil deals with governments abroad, in favour of spending the revenue from the country’s petroleum industry on domestic “social programs”.
Candidates for the Venezuelan presidential elections signed an agreement drafted by the National Electoral Committee (CNE) on Tuesday, obliging candidates to “respect the laws which regulate the electoral process” and to “recognise the results” announced by the CNE in October.
President Hugo Chávez said yesterday that he has become aware of a “hidden” plan by the extreme right of the opposition to “boycott” or not recognise the results of the 7 October presidential elections.
President Hugo Chavez, with a clean bill of health, registered as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections yesterday, while opposition member Henrique Capriles registered on Sunday, both accompanied by large marches. Five other people have also registered as candidates.
After opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles presented his “plans” for security yesterday, and unemployment on Sunday, members of the government have responded, calling them “disguises” and pointing out the hypocrisy of the opposition, given Capriles’ own poor current record as governor of Miranda state.
With a massive walk-out on Thursday, members of the European Parliament rejected a resolution expressing “worry” over Venezuela’s possible withdrawal from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
After eleven days out of the public spotlight since he returned from Cuba, President Hugo Chavez appeared live on public television yesterday during a ministers’ council meeting and criticised the opposition candidate, said that he will register as a presidential candidate in June, and announced that the new anti-crime mission will also be launched in June.
A German news website has revealed that the German government has been pushing for Eurozone countries to adopt a more active role in backing the current Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), in the run up to this year’s presidential elections.
Government representatives and private media have said opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles’ campaign is “stagnating” as he fails to gain support, while journalists also marched yesterday protesting violent attacks committed against them by Capriles’ supporters.
With debates, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations, this week Venezuela marked a decade since the coup and counter-coup of April 2002 which removed President Hugo Chavez from power in just under 48 hours.
The National Secretary of Venezuela’s Communist Party, Pedro Eusse, has warned that the opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), is laying the foundations to dispute the results of this year’s presidential elections in October, as well as to possibly incite violence.
Venezuelan’s National Telecommunication Commission (Conatel) has taken rightwing news station Globovision to the Supreme Court for not paying a Bs 9.3 million (US$ 2.2 million ) fine by the due date, 1 January 2012.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged the Supreme Court and the public prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, to investigate the private media and opposition spokespeople for “spreading information about supposed contamination of some of the country’s water supplies” and called it “war propaganda”.