Thursday, September 20, 2007
Daniel in Venezuela
It's heartening to see the huge numbers of visitors to Daniel in Venezuela's blog, Venezuela News And Views. It means alot of people are paying attention.
In his latest posts, he is discussing Hugo Chavez's new Constitution:
For Example: article 230
Old article 230:
The presidential period is of 6 years. The President of the Republic can be reelected immediately, only once, for a new period.
New article 230:
The presidential period is of 7 years. The President of the Republic can be reelected immediately for a new period.
Aleksander's VCrisis is also covering it:
Venezuela: constitutional amendment illegal according to Supreme Court
London 11.09.07 | It turns out that Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled against indefinite reelection only in March last year, as can be seen in this sentence. The ruling, based on a preceding decision, stressed the fact that indefinite reelection puts Venezuela's democracy in jeopardy and alters the country's constitutional framework and in no uncertain terms declared it illegal. Just in case chavistas try to pull a fast one, as they did recently with Chavez's own statements against staying in power indefinitely, I have saved all pages and files files related to both sentences of the Electoral Chamber of the Supreme Court.
However these sentences put in perspective the sheer illegality of Chavez's wet dream of becoming Fidel's mini me. The opposition is, as usual, desperately pushing the country further into the abyss by accepting the illegal amendments. They know of the existence of these rulings, from the highest court in the land nonetheless, yet they continue playing the 'democratic' charade imposed by the Bolivarians. It beggars belief how the opposition establishment in its entirety has failed to realize that debating something illegal implies acceptance of it, but then again Chavez, as Red Ken, has been blessed by having such bunch of incompetent halfwits as foes.
Venezuela: Hugo Chavez to change his constitution
16.08.07 - As I was dozing last night the issue of Chavez indefinite re-election came on the news: there he was in all his `democratic magnificence´ addressing a room chock full of assenting sycophants. The ridiculous pretence of his life-presidency crowning has got to be the most transparent power grab ever recorded; for let us never forget that only him gets indefinite re-election; governors, mayors and other lesser revolutionary creatures are to be disposed of, democratically of course. Thus the `most progressive constitution of the modern world,´ the one that `empowers minorities,´ `enshrines human rights´ and `allows for the democratic removal of elected officials´ is amended to include the most patent dictatorial provision. Venezuelans can sleep at ease now in the know that Chavez will respect, at the very least, one article of his constitution...