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Venezuela's oil production is over 3 million barrels a day

State oil company PDVSA's president denies reports by the IEA about low production numbers by Venezuela's oil industry.

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U.S. Congress members commend Venezuelan government and the opposition for their willingness to accept CNE decisions

In a letter to President Chavez, U.S. Congress members commended the government and the Venezuelan people. Call for ethics in the media, and ask for respect for the CNE.

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Unemployment will drop 5 points by the end of this year

Government attributes the decline to economic policies, new investments, unemployed workers organizing coops and overall economic recovery.

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Electoral Council rejects signatures for recall referendum on Chavez

In the face of a new setback, the opposition announced a new petition drive, while government representatives announce that fraud investigation on signatures will continue.

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U.S. Congressman demands clarification of inaccurate comments by State Department officials about Venezuela

In a open letter to Colin Powell, Ohio Congressman Sherrod Brown requested clarification of recent comments by high-ranking State Department officials regarding events in Venezuela.

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New recall petition drive will be held September 28

Already collected signatures to ask for referendum on Chavez will be declared inadmissible, according to sources.

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Signatures for referendum on Chavez were collected before allowed time, according to report

National Electoral Council will declare the signatures as “inadmissible”, based on input by legal consultant.

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Government Releases Economic Indicator Estimates for 2004

Venezuela’s GNP will increase by 6% in 2004

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Legal Consultants to the National Electoral Council Recommend Invalidation of the Recall Referendum Signatures

The CNE is not bound by the recommendation, but is scheduled to issue a ruling later this week.

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"Coup plotters and terrorists have been defeated"

Jorge Valero, Venezuelan ambassador to the OAS, said that the OAS does not have any special position on a potential referendum on President Chavez's mandate.

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Venezuela's GDP expected to grow by 5% in 2004

Government sources also expect growth of 13% in the nonoil sector. GDP will contract by 11% this year as a result of opposition promoted strike an political turmoil.

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Venezuela’s Highest Court Opens Forgery Investigation Within its Own Ranks

The forged sentence has to do with a ruling about whether or not President Chavez would be permitted to run for president again, if he were to lose a recall referendum.

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Huge tasks and few resources for the new National Electoral Council

"We do not have a registry of signatures. The banks do have them... My recommendation is that we publish the signatures. And then people can check them out", said Lucena on the question of how the CNE will check the validity of signatures.
Interview with Tibisay Lucena, first substitute for the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE)

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U.S. Energy Secretary thanked Venezuelan government

For help during energy blackouts

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"Government is not against recall referendum if opposition follows the Constitution"

In Washington DC, Minister of Education Aristobulo Isturiz spoke of the Venezuelan education programs to achieve social balance.

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