Democratic Coordinator makes election proposal

January 30, 2003

The Democratic Coordinator presented today a modified version of the Carter proposal for a Constitutional amendment. Essentially, it will imply shortening Chavez’ perios to four years, alowing him to be a candidate and shortening the period of the Deputies of the National Assembly to four years also. The amendment has the advantage that the referendum for its approval would take place 30 days after the petition is handed in (Art. 341). Elections would follow within 90 days after the amendment is passed. I think it was smart of the Coordinator to hand it in today right before the arrival of the Group of Friends, it puts the “democratic” ball on Chavez’ Court…..

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