Opposition legislators of the Venezuelan National Assembly recently argued that Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua should replace Chavez as president, after emergency medical surgery forced Chavez to extend his stay in Cuba. The opposition was especially angered on Wednesday after Chavez enacted a law from the carribbean nation.
The Venezuelan opposition has released a list of possible candidates to stand for the Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) against the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s (PSUV) candidate, Hugo Chávez Frias, in the 2012 presidential elections.
Diplomatic cables written by the U.S. Embassy in Caracas between 2006 to 2009 and released by Wikileaks state that the opposition leaders here asked for financing and favours from the U.S. government. The cables also reveal some of the opposition’s internal problems, struggles over leadership, and lack of vision and strategy.
Fugitive from the Venezuelan justice system, Manuel Rosales expressed regret for having signed the coup decree which dissolved all public powers in the country on April 2002, during the brief dictatorship of businessman Pedro Carmona.
Four pro-government public servants, including two ex mayors, have been disqualified from political activity for one year due to acts of corruption during the exercise of their previous positions. A fifth, an opposition legislator, has also been disqualified.
Yesterday, Venezuela’s Public Defender Gabriela Ramírez affirmed that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has an “extraordinary opportunity” to set legal precedence in cases of corruption as it relates to Leopoldo López, the Venezuelan opposition figure banned from holding public office back in 2008.
Strengthening police presence and combating violent crime at both the regional and national level were the central topics of discussions taking place last Saturday during an extraordinary session of the Venezuelan government’s Federal Council in the capital city of Caracas.
High-level members of the Venezuelan Executive Cabinet involved in the advancement of domestic industry, agriculture and tourism presented their annual reports to the nation’s congress and the Venezuelan people last Tuesday, spelling out the gains that the government has made in the productive sectors in 2010.
23 days into a hunger strike led by students of the Venezuelan opposition, on Monday Venezuela’s Minister for Justice and Internal Affairs Tareck El Aissami presented the protestors with a proposal they considered “sufficient” to end the strike.
Wednesday Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro criticized opposition student demands that international organizations intervene in Venezuela’s “internal affairs” and repeated his calls for dialogue between Venezuela’s government and opposition.
The Venezuelan police have apprehended nine people in connection with the torching of a government ofﬁce in the western state of Zulia earlier this month and have issued arrest warrants for four others believed to be behind the criminal act that left in ashes the regional headquarters of the National Land Institute (INTI).
A delegation of the Venezuelan opposition alliance Democratic Table of Unity (MUD) met with the Organisation of American States (OAS) General Secretary José Insulza yesterday to discuss what it has called a lack of democracy in Venezuela and to request OAS intervention.
While the financial crisis has forced millions from their homes in the United States with no help from government agencies, Venezuelan President Chavez decreed a new fund this week to provide several billion dollars in relief aid for housing construction to help thousands displaced from the severe rains that hit the nation in late November.