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Opposition Kicks off Campaign against Venezuelan Constitutional Reform

Venezuela’s opposition kicked off their campaign today against the Venezuelan Constitutional Reform, in a demonstration of thousands on Victoria Avenue in Caracas.

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Venezuela's Oil Industry Signs New Labor Contract

PDVSA President and Minister of Energy and Petroleum Rafael Ramirez (Archive)
Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA, signed a new collective contract this week with its various labor unions. In addition to improved wages and benefits, the contract involved the joining together of the various labor unions into one United Confederation of Energy Workers (FUTEV).

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Referendum for Venezuelan Constitutional Reform to be in 2 Parts

National Assembly President Celia Flores addresses representatives during the finalo approval of the constitutional reform proposal (Gregory Wilpert)
Today Venezuela's National Assembly finalized its approval of the constitutional reform proposal, which it formally submitted to the National Electoral Council so it may start organizing a referendum on the reform. The Assembly also decided that the reform would be voted on in two parts.

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Opposition Students Clash with Police in Effort to Get to Venezuela’s Electoral Council

Opposition protestors throw rocks and bottles at Caracas police force (ABN)
Violent clashes took place yesterday between opposition students and the police when students tried to break police lines near Venezuela's National Electoral Council building. Students marched on the Electoral Council to call for the constitutional reform referendum to be postponed.

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Chavez Says Venezuelan Constitutional Reform Referendum Could be Divided into Parts

President Chavez talked about the constitutional reform during the 8th anniversary of Venezuela's National Women's Institute (Inamujer) (Photo: MinCI/Marcelo García)
After receiving the modified project of constitutional reform, which includes an additional 36 changes proposed by the National Assembly, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, announced Wednesday that the constitutional reform should be voted on in separate blocs, rather than one single bloc.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell "Amazed" at Venezuelan Social Programs

Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tour a new housing complex in Caracas (AP Photo/Howard Yanes)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated the first stage of a new housing complex, Commune Villa de Sol, in Caracas yesterday. The president was accompanied by British supermodel Naomi Campbell who was in the country to meet with Chavez and to learn about the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Presents Rules for Constitutional Reform Referendum

Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena (Archive)
As Venezuela's National Assembly was putting the final touches to the proposed constitutional reforms Tuesday, the National Electoral Council announced a series of measures to facilitate and regulate the constitutional reform referendum.

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National Assembly Concludes Revision of Constitutional Reform Proposal

Leaders and supporters of the opposition party Justice First protested outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, demanding to be let inside for the debate on the consitutional reform (Gregory Wilpert)
On Tuesday Venezuela's legislature, the National Assembly, approved the last articles for the constitutional reform project. A group of leaders and supporters of the opposition party Justice First attempted to enter the National Assembly just as the debate was about to begin, but were prohibited because they did not register with the Assembly the previous day.

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Chavez Meets With New US Ambassador to Venezuela

US Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy with President Chavez and Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro (ABN)
The United States' new ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy, met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the presidential palace Monday night where he expressed his desire to improve relations between Washington and Caracas.

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Venezuela Warns U.S. that "Cuba is Not Alone"

US President George W. Bush speaks about Cuba at the US State Department on Wednesday (AFP)
Responding to US President George W. Bush's threats towards Cuba on Wednesday, Venezuelan authorities warned yesterday that "Cuba is not alone." Both Venezuelan and Cuban authorities rejected the statements, labeling them "imperialist aggression."

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Venezuelan Opposition Parties Reject Referendum on Constitutional Reform

Opposition spokesperson and constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarrá (El Universal)
Venezuelan opposition groups are planning to use "all means possible to stop the constitutional reform referendum," scheduled to take place on December 2.

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Opposition Students Protest Constitutional Reform in Caracas

Police in Caracas stop student protesters from reaching the National Assembly building (Fernando Llano/AP)
Thousands of opposition students marched through the streets of Caracas on Tuesday in protest of President Chavez's proposed constitutional reform. Some violence occurred as police barricades prevented the students from reaching the parliament buildings, but a delegation of students was allowed to pass to deliver a document to the National Assembly.

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Bomb Explodes at Venezuelan Consulate in Bolivia

Bolivian opposition protest in Santa Cruz last weekend (AP)
The Venezuelan Consulate and the residency of a Cuban doctor were attacked with explosives in the opposition controlled state of Santa Cruz, in Bolivia, in the early hours of Monday October 22.

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Russian President Praises Investment Opportunities in Venezuela

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin deems Venezuela one of the countries with the best prospects for Russian investment. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also expressed his satisfaction about the growing relationship and stated that a delegation from Russia would be visiting the country this week to sign more cooperation agreements.

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Delegates Elected for Founding Congress of United Socialist Party of Venezuela

Party activists of the new PSUV being sworn in during an event earlier this year.
Delegates were elected from across the country on Saturday for the founding congress of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez applauded the elections and stated that more than 1,500 delegates were elected to represent more than 90 percent of the community assemblies.

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