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
The first discussion of the amendment to the Venezuelan constitution to
eliminate the two-term limit on holding presidential office will take
place in the National Assembly on December 18. Meanwhile, the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) will begin collecting signatures in
support of the amendment today.
With the regional elections over now and ten years since Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez was first elected, the president promoted the
construction of participatory democratic communes as the main element
in the next stage of the revolution.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez proclaimed Friday night that a
national referendum on whether to amend the national constitution to
abolish presidential term limits should take place no later than
February of next year.
By James Suggett & Gonzalo Gomez - Venezuelanalysis.com, Dec 4th 2008
What do the results of Venezuelan elections mean for the future of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the rural and urban sectors of the country, the community councils, the right-wing and radical wing within the pro-Chávez camp, and democracy in Venezuela? Venezuelanalysis.com asked Gonzalo Gómez, a leader of the PSUV.
Years of work by U.S. and other non-Venezuelan NGOs to penetrate communities and finance "democracy" programs and projects with an anti-socialist vision in select communities allowed the opposition to retake control of these areas.
Ten years of the same government
may have aroused a sense of ‘Chávez fatigue' for some voters. At
the same time, democratic developments in society have helped the PSUV
maintain its strong support base.