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.
Over the weekend committees from various sectors of society swore to
campaign hard to win the approval by public vote of the amendment to
the constitution to get rid of the two-term limit on all elected
offices in Venezuela.
If the allegations are proven that opposition leaders met with U.S. government officials, then the opposition
will once again find itself on the defensive, trying to disprove that
their funding and strategy are not "Made in U.S.A."
Venezuela’s legislature, the National Assembly, passed the resolution
yesterday that would allow for a national referendum to proceed on
whether to eliminate all limits on the number of times elected
officials may hold the same office. Meanwhile, opposition students
launched protests against the referendum.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in his annual speech to the National Assembly, expressed his desire that the Barack Obama White House would stop foreign intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
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