The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has announced that the party grew by more than one million new members during a month-long registration drive in May. Meanwhile, most of the principal opposition parties in Venezuela have formed a new alliance called the "Democratic Unity Roundtable" (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática).
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez invited participants from a right
wing conference taking place in Caracas, four times, to a live debate
on the show. After initially accepting, the right wing intellectuals refused
Hundreds of right-wing political leaders and representatives of pro-capitalist think tanks from across the world gathered in Venezuela's luxurious Caracas Palace Hotel this week for an exclusive event titled "International Conference for Freedom and Democracy: The Latin American Challenge."
President Hugo Chavez's live Sunday TV show where he launches government initiatives,
analyses topical international and national issues, and talks with Venezuelans
around the country, is currently celebrating ten years of broadcasting with a
four day marathon show.
A group of Venezuelan university students and administrators, opposition political party officials, and employees of the opposition television station Globovision marched to the Higher Education Ministry on Wednesday to protest the government's 6% cut in university budgets as part of an overall government spending reduction amidst the world economic crisis.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's approval rating remains above 60%, according to recent polls by Datanalisis, which is considered to be sympathetic to the opposition and private business interests, and Social Investigation Group XXI (GIS), which is considered to be sympathetic to the government.
On Saturday, the Venezuelan government rejected the annual report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which categorized Venezuela as one of four countries in the hemisphere where human rights are particularly threatened. President Hugo Chávez said Venezuela will consider withdrawing from the Organization of American States (OAS) and forming a separate regional organization with its allies.
Venezuelan police arrested four men and confiscated a large
quantity of sophisticated weaponry that government officials speculate
could have been part of an assassination plan against President Chávez.
This discovery occurred in the context of a wave of apparently
politically motivated violence.