Venezuelan Leaders of Venezuela’s opposition political parties and the director of the leading oppositional private television news station likely met with government officials and political advisors from the United States in Puerto Rico last week, according to emails revealed by a producer of a pro-government Caracas television station.
The proposed constitutional
amendment allowing for the indefinite re-election of the President
requires an examination of two basic concepts: electoral systems and
democracy. The distinction between these two concepts dominates the
political conflict between the supporters (pro-Chavez) and opponents
(anti-Chavez) of the amendment.
Over 40 United Socialist Party (PSUV) supporters have been injured by
members of the opposition during the swearing in of the newly elected
governor of Tachira state, according to national assembly member, Iris
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for the proposed amendment to
the constitution that would eliminate a two-term limit to the
presidency to be extended to include other elected positions.
Meanwhile, over two polls publicized over the weekend showed a majority
support for the amendment.
In his end of year speech Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez highlighted
the advances in living standards that have been achieved, announced
some key projects for the next year, and called for the continuation of
the socialist project in Venezuela.
A Human Rights Watch
report on alleged setbacks in human rights in Venezuela since President
Hugo Chávez first took office 10 years ago has been severely questioned
by 118 academics from the United States and several other countries.
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.
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.