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Venezuela’s Parliament Gives Initial Approval to Constitutional Amendment Proposal

The first extraordinary session convoked by Venezuela's National Assembly to debate President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional amendments gave its initial approval to the proposal yesterday.

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Differences among Chavez Supporters over Venezuelan Constitutional Reforms

The Venezuelan political party Podemos distanced itself yesterday from comments made over the weekend by Ramon Martinez, the Podemos Governor of the state of Sucre, who called for an alliance of governors and mayors to “defend regional autonomy” against President Chavez’s plan for a “new geometry of power.”

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Venezuela Constructing New Hospitals Across the Country

The Venezuelan government is working on the construction of 15 new hospitals across the country, according to an announcement by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday.

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Venezuela Launches Massive Plan to Debate Constitutional Reform Proposal

A massive debate in all areas of Venezuelan society called by President Hugo Chavez has begun over his proposed constitutional reforms. The text of Chavez's proposed changes are being distributed in hard copy and CD format, house by house.

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President Chavez Defends Proposal to Reform Venezuela’s Constitution

Accompanied by ex-soccer star and supporter Diego Maradona, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was prepared for an "intense debate" about the proposed changes to the Venezuelan constitution and defended some of the changes against the criticisms of the opposition.

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Venezuelan Socialist Party Postpones Delegate Elections to Discuss Constitutional Reform

Delegate elections for the founding congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) were postponed on Saturday as Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Rodriguez called for a national discussion of President Hugo Chavez’s proposed constitutional reforms.

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Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform Proposal Provokes Strong Reaction from Opposition

The proposed reform to the Venezuelan constitution presented by President Hugo Chavez this week has generated criticisms and concerns among different sectors of the opposition.

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Chavez Proposes Changes to Venezuela’s Constitution to Pave Way for Socialism

With changes to 33 out of 350 articles of Venezuela's 1999 constitution, President Chavez proposes modifications that are supposed to pave the way for 21st century socialism in Venezuela. Changes include the lengthening of the president's term and strengthening of communal power.

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The Venezuelan Economy Grows by 8.9 Percent in Second Quarter of 2007

The Venezuelan economy showed a growth rate of 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2007, according to statistics released by the Central Bank of Venezuela this week.

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Venezuelan Government Announces Increased Agricultural Production for 2007

Total agricultural production in Venezuela has increased in 2007, according to Venezuelan Minister of Agriculture Elias Jaua. The minister estimates that agricultural production for this year will be able to resolve the shortage problems of earlier this year.

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Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela Prepares to Elect Congress Delegates

The formation of the new Unifiedd Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), described by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as “a tool to guarantee the collective direction and continuity of the [Bolivarian] Revolution,” is well underway with most assemblies or “socialist battalions”, expected to elect their spokespeople next Saturday.

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Corruption Scandal Erupts Between Venezuela and Argentina

A possible corruption scandal erupted last week in Venezuela and in Argentina when a Venezuelan businessman brought $800,000 in cash to Argentina a few days before President Chavez’s arrival to that country.

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Chavez Meets with Kirchner and Morales in Bolivia for Closer Cooperation

In the final leg of his South American tour this week, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez arrived to Bolivia last night to sign several economic agreements with Bolivian President Evo Morales as well as with Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner who was also present.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Visits Uruguay and Ecuador on South American Tour

Continuing his South American tour, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez departed from Uruguay yesterday where he signed energy agreements with President Tabaré Vazquez, and headed on to Ecuador where he met with his friend and colleague President Rafael Correa. In Quito, the two leaders signed energy agreements including an agreement to build a joint oil refinery in Ecuador.

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Venezuela Hosts Indigenous Congress, Gives Land Titles to Indigenous

Coinciding with the launch of the First International Congress of the Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Rodriguez handed over eleven housing and land titles recognizing indigenous ownership of various indigenous groups throughout the country.

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