Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.
Over the weekend and today, almost all of the candidates of the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) registered for the upcoming
November 23 state and regional elections in the National Electoral
Council (CNE) office, many accompanied by large marches of their
Venezuela's Supreme Court issued a series of decisions Tuesday and Wednesday that validated the Comptroller General's ruling to temporarily
disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of
corruption from holding public office.
On the final day of the 18-month period during which the Venezuelan
National Assembly granted President Hugo Chávez the power to pass laws
by decree, Chávez signed 26 new laws regulating the armed forces,
public administration, social security system, banks, agricultural
production, and the tourism industry.
Venezuelans on both sides of the country’s political divide await with
bated breath an imminent decision of the Supreme Court on the
constitutionality of the Comptroller General’s disqualification of
candidates for public office, due to accusations of corruption.
According to a yearly poll called “Iberobarómentro,” 54% of Venezuelans approved of the Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez's management of the country as of last May, and
Venezuelans are optimistic about their economic future.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is also the president of the
United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), gave a one-week ultimatum
to the rest of the parties in the pro-Bolivarian Revolution coalition
known as the Patriotic Alliance to decide whether they will unite
behind PSUV candidates in the regional and local elections scheduled
for November 23rd.
By Francisco Dominguez - Dissident Voice, Jul 24th 2008
Sections of the Venezuelan opposition are opposing a decision by
Venezuela’s Comptroller General, who has submitted
a list of 386 individuals to be banned from standing for public office
for (being guilty of) corruption and/or misuse of public funds. In fact, the
Comptroller General is merely implementing existing legislation — a
great deal of which precedes the Chavez government.
The President of the Venezuelan opposition party Un Nuevo Tiempo announced Tuesday that a coalition of
opposition parties has selected unified candidates for governor in
seven of Venezuela’s 23 states. However, only four of the nine parties
in the coalition were present during the announcements, indicating
General Clodosbaldo Russián presented a revised list of people
sanctioned for corruption during their terms in public office and who
have been disqualified from running for office in the upcoming regional
and local elections. According to Venezuela's largest newspaper, a majority of these are not opposition supporters.