Archive for November 3rd, 2007

The Perils of Petrocracy in the NYT

November 3, 2007

The New York Times looks at Venezuela and revisits the effect of the Devil´s Excrement in tomorrow´s Sunday magazine under the title ¨The Perils of Petrocracy¨A good look and description of why Pdvsa and Venezuela are in trouble. The more things change the more they stay the same…

Chavismo sets stage for final coup against Venezuela’s Constitution

November 3, 2007

With
the same lack of scruples that has characterized so many actions of
Chavez and his cronies in the last nine years, Chavismo set the stage
for the final coup d’etat against Venezuela’s Constitution, when it
handed in today the final proposal for its reform to the Electoral
Board in order to hold a referendum to approve it next December 2nd.

 
It
is a coup, because the proposed reform is absolutely and completely
illegal because it alters fundamental principles of the Constitution
written by a Chavismo dominated Constituent assembly in 2000. These
fundamental principles are contained in the first nine articles of the country’s Constitution, which while not being altered in the proposed reform, are certainly modified by the changes that will be voted on in a month. 
 
Simply
put, making Venezuela a socialist state, suspending the alternability
granted by the Constitution when allowing Chávez to be reelected
indefinitely and allowing Chavez to create regional “territories” at
will, all represent matters, which require a Constituent Assembly and
are thus illegal and represent a coup against Venezuela’s
Constitutional order.
 
There many other
illegalities, such as the fact that in the end it became a farce of
changes which were not discussed or consulted with the people as
required by law. On top of the 33 articles proposed by Chavez, the
Assembly added its own 25 after the law did not allow new ones to be
discussed. It also added some 15 transient articles, turning the
trampling of the rule of law into a true massacre of Constitutional
order.
 
The whole process and reform turned out to
be so grotesque, that Chavez lost the backing of the largest political
party besides his own, when Podemos leaders simply refused to join such
an absurd proposal. \u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\>CNE Director Vicente Diaz did not vote in favor of taking the proposal to referendum, saying that the proposed reform is illegal and at the very least the Electoral Board should have requested an opinion from the country’s Supreme Court.\u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\>And it was the silence of that Court which made the whole process bizarre, as the Court has yet to rule on any of the injunctions and suits brought in front of it to stop the process. In fact, even on the issue of whether the reform should or not be voted as a block the Court has been derelict in not ruling to protect the rights of Venezuelans. It was Chavez who made an about face on the issue, magnanimously allowing it to be voted as blocks, but of course, defining himself what those blocks should be, rather than the interpretation that a group of voters could define it. \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\u003cdiv\>Thus, it was a very dark day today, in which one of the most sordid processes in the country’s democratic history was completed. The man that reached power by being critical of decisions being made by politicians in smoke filed rooms, has single-handedly imposed his illegal will and staged the final needed coup on the country’s Constitution, so that he can impose his dictatorial and autocratic rule on all Venezuelans.\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003c/div\>”,0]
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CNE
Director Vicente Diaz did not vote in favor of taking the proposal to
referendum, saying that the proposed reform is illegal and at the very
least the Electoral Board should have requested an opinion from the
country’s Supreme Court.
 
And it was the silence
of that Court which made the whole process bizarre, as the Court has
yet to rule on any of the injunctions and suits brought in front of it
to stop the process. In fact, even on the issue of whether the reform
should or not be voted as a block the Court has been derelict in not
ruling to protect the rights of Venezuelans. It was Chavez who made an
about face on the issue, magnanimously allowing it to be voted as
blocks, but of course, defining himself what those blocks should be,
rather than the interpretation that a group of voters could define it.
 
Thus,
it was a very dark day today, in which one of the most sordid processes
in the country’s democratic history was completed. The man that reached
power by being critical of decisions being made by politicians in smoke
filed rooms, has single-handedly imposed his illegal will and staged
the final needed coup on the country’s Constitution, so that he can
impose his dictatorial and autocratic rule on all Venezuelans. 

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