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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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A Long and Complex Way to the Referendum

There are still many legal issues that should be solved so that the Venezuelans have clear rules when it comes to the referendum.

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“The Referendum in Venezuela shouldn’t be defended since it is in the Constitution”

The President of Brazil, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said today that the process of a referendum in Venezuela is a legal issue and stated that he will speak about this topic next week during his official visit to Caracas.

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The Venezuelan Supreme Court is not Entitled to Validate the Signatures of the Recall Referendum

The Supreme Court can only determine when the petition for a recall referendum can be submitted to the electoral body.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Denounces “Dictatorship of the Press”

"Press is undermining the institutions"

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