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Venezuelan National Assembly to Investigate Siemens’ Bribery Scandal

Siemens Transportation Systems, Inc. railway vehicles in Valencia, Carabobo (archive)
Last week the Venezuelan National Assembly announced it would investigate bribes that the company Siemens had admitted delivering to Venezuelan officials.

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Chavez Proposes February 15 for Venezuelan Constitutional Amendment Vote

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez proposed February 15, 2009, as a possible date for the upcoming referendum to allow his reelection, and warned that recently elected opposition politicians aim to mimic government policies in an effort to gain popular support.

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Amendment to Strike Two-Term Limit on Presidency Advances in Venezuelan Legislature

Legislators voted nearly unanimously

Venezuela’s National Assembly approved yesterday the holding of a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate the two-term limit on the presidency, after a lengthy first debate that lasted into the night.

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Venezuela’s Legislature Starts Debate on Constitutional Amendment

Chavez supporters presented 188 boxes with 4.7 million signatures in support of a constitutional amendment to remove the two-term limit on the presidency. (ABN)
The National Assembly of Venezuela began the discussion today of the proposed constitutional amendment to Article 230, which would remove a two-term limit on presidential terms, allowing a president to be reelected every six years by popular vote.

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Venezuelan Opposition Launches Campaign against Constitutional Amendment

Opposition leader and recently elected mayor of Maracaibo, Manuel Rosales (Archive)
Venezuelan opposition leaders called for a campaign network against the proposed amendment to the constitution to eliminate the country’s two-term presidential limit.

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More Than 100 Latin America Experts Question Human Rights Watch's Venezuela Report

In an open letter to the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, over 100 experts on Latin America criticized the organization's recent report on Venezuela, A Decade Under Chávez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela, saying that it "does not meet even the most minimal standards of scholarship, impartiality, accuracy, or credibility."

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Venezuela 2008: Balance of the Revolutionary Process

The development of all forms of People's Power and the vivacity of the struggles, should be antidotes against the stagnation of the process and the reconciliation with the exploiter class, which opens dangerous gaps to the recuperation of their original power.

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Gender in the Venezuelan Elections

What was the role of gender and women’s issues in the recent regional elections? Venezuelanalysis.com spoke with Professor Alba Carosio, life-long feminist and director of the Women’s Studies Center at the Central University of Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s National Assembly Approves 2009 Budget

Venezuela’s National Assembly approved the budget for 2009 on Thursday, with a total of 164.7 billion bolivars (US$76.6 billion).

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The Mentality of Resistance to Political Violence in Venezuela

The assassination of three labour leaders belonging to the largely pro-PSUV UNT has been analyzed as the spreading of rural political violence to urbanised forms targeting labour leaders and social workers. What has not been discussed is the emotional response of leftists against such crimes.

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