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Venezuelan Constitutional Reform to Include Unlimited Reelection

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced, in a televised interview last Sunday, several proposals to reform the Venezuelan Constitution. Among the new reforms proposed is to remove the limit on the number of reelections for the president of the republic as well as changes in the structure of the armed forces.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Enters New Phase

The formation of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) entered its second phase this past weekend as officials and party militants met for the National Meeting of Candidates for PSUV Militants in Caracas. Record numbers of Venezuelans have registered to be members of the new party.

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Minister Says U.S. Is Escalating Media War against Venezuela

Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Information, William Lara, condemned the a decision to increase funding for Voice of America, so it would boost its broadcasts into Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Unemployment Drops to New Lows

Venezuela’s unemployment rate dropped to a new low in May, to 8.0%, the lowest level in over a decade, reported the country’s National Institute of Statistic yesterday.

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Venezuela's Chavez Calls for Greater Role for Communal Councils

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez outlined plans to organize his nation's 18,000 communal councils, diagramming the way state, local, workers', farmers' and student groups should interact to ``propel revolution.''

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Chavez Inaugurates Crucial New Valley Bridge to Airport

Hailing it as a great achievement for its rapid completion, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a new valley bridge that connects the Venezuelan capital of Caracas with its international airport. Ever since the old bridge collapsed a year and a half ago Venezuelans had to deal with long and expensive trips to the airport.

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Venezuela Cools Relations with Spain over Foreign Minister’s Remarks

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called remarks by Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos a “lack of respect” and said that he would “distance himself” from relations with Spain.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Commission Approves Seven Petitions for Recall Referenda

Seven recall referenda will be convoked this coming October, announced Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena, following the tally of petitions for such referenda. The referenda will affect six Mayors and one state legislator.

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Venezuela's Chavez Warns Against Opposition-led Protests during Copa America

Venezuela president Hugo Chavez warned Sunday that government opponents were planning to interrupt Copa America in Venezuela by staging streets protests and possible transportation strikes.

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OAS Secretary General Assures Venezuelan Democracy is Not Threatened

Democracy is not being threatened in Venezuela according to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza yesterday at a press conference in Uruguay.

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Venezuelan Defense Minister Denies Submarine Purchase

Venezuela’s Defense Minister, General Raúl Isaias Baduel, denied recent press reports that Venezuela has ordered nine Russian submarines.

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Venezuela Denounces US Report on Human Trafficking

The Venezuelan government rejected yesterday the US report on human trafficking which labeled Venezuela among the world's worst offenders in human trafficking. Venezuela’s Interior Minister accused the U.S. government of trying to damage the image of the government of Hugo Chavez.

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Venezuela’s Recall Process Begins Again

The process to collect signatures for recall referenda against nine governors and 109 mayors will run from this coming Saturday until Monday, announced Tibisay Lucena, the president of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) yesterday.

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Chavez Makes Surprise Visit to Meet Castro in Havana

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise visit to Cuba yesterday afternoon to meet with the nearly recuperated Cuban leader Fidel Castro and to discuss the growing relations between the two countries.

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Venezuela Launches Sale of "Bolivarian" Computers

The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their "Bolivarian Computers" last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology.

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