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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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Signature Collection for Constitutional Amendment Begins

PSUV members collect signatures in favor of a constitutional amendment to eliminate the two-term limit on the presidency. (YVKE)
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.

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Chávez Replaces Three Cabinet Ministers with Long-Time Allies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez replaced three of his cabinet ministers, filling two of the posts with allies who lost their bids for governor and mayor in regional and local elections two weeks ago.

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Next Step is Strengthening Venezuela’s Communes, says Chávez

The community of Los Curos, Merida, have already started planning how to turn their communal councils into one commune. (Tamara Pearson/
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.

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Venezuelans Rally in Caracas to Celebrate 10 Years of Chávez’s Presidency

Venezuela's President Chavez

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans flooded Caracas on Saturday, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of President Hugo Chavez's election.

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Venezuelan Parliament to Approve Referendum on Presidential Term Limit

President Hugo Chavez announced the PSUV's decision to introduce the amendment through the National Assembly Friday night. (VTV)
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.

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“To Stop the Advance of the Right, We Must Strengthen People’s Power”

Gonzalo Gómez
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? asked Gonzalo Gómez, a leader of the PSUV.

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Foreign Intervention Won The Venezuelan Elections

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.

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Venezuela's Regional Elections: An Indication for Change or Continuation?

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.

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