On Tuesday, opposition political parties in Venezuela accused the
government of President Hugo Chávez of violating the national
constitution by using public funds to finance the primary elections of
the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
On Monday, Venezuelans celebrated the tenth anniversary of the
inauguration of President Hugo Chávez to his first presidential term.
Many Venezuelans consider this day to mark the commencement of the
Venezuela’s President Chávez, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, and
Communications Minister Jesse Chacon all expressed their categorical
condemnation of the vandalism of one of Venezuela’s main synagogues
early Saturday morning.
Far more fascinating than Western or
world reaction to the constitutional amendment to abolish the two-term limit to elected office in Venezuela, and far more important for understanding Bolivarian
Venezuela, has been the native reaction.
As Venezuelans prepare for a national vote this February 15th on
whether to amend the constitution to remove the two-term limit on all
elected offices, several polls conducted by firms with different
political orientations indicate that a majority of Venezuelans support
the proposed amendment.
Violent student protests erupted again Tuesday in at least six major
Venezuelan cities following a week of relative calm, intensifying the
political debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would
abolish the two-term limit on elected offices.
By James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com, Jan 27th 2009
Fifty-one years to the day after Venezuelans toppled the U.S.-backed
dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez, tens of thousands of Venezuelans
held marches in Caracas and other major cities last Friday to either
support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would get rid of the
two-term limit on elected officials.
Thousands of university and high school students in Caracas, the states
of Barinas, Lara, Anzoategui, and Sucre, as well as in other cities,
marched yesterday in support of the constitutional amendment to be put
to public vote on February 15.
Violent confrontations related to the campaign for an amendment to
Venezuela's constitution that would abolish the two-term limit on
elected office have taken place in several Venezuelan cities, prompting
the government to proclaim that demonstrators who threaten public
security should be promptly detained by local police.