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Originally posted by worldwatcher
Chavez Unfullfilled Promises
Chavez himself touts his "revolutionary" military background. Sorry if I didn't clarify for you the specifics of what i meant by military but as a Venezuelan I would think you would know what I meant. Did you forget that he attempted his own failed military coup against the Venezuelan govt in 1992?
oh and what about the referendum in 2004 to recall Chavez? democratically overuled right?
[edit on 9-21-2006 by worldwatcher]
The date chosen for the recall referendum was significant: had the recall vote been held on 19 August or later, Chávez would have been into the fifth year of his six-year term and had he been voted out, Vice President José Vicente Rangel would have taken over and served out the rest of Chávez's presidency (in accordance with Article 233 of the Constitution, above). With the vote called for 15 August, Chávez was not yet into the last two years of his term in office; an unfavourable result would therefore have meant the calling of fresh presidential elections within the following 30 days. Chávez had expressed his clear intention to stand in the election, had he been recalled; the anti-Chávez factions, however, maintained that he would have been disqualified from doing so.
Incredible Escape Weakens Chávez’s GovernmentIn principle, those elections pose no danger to Hugo Chávez and his ambitions of indefinite reelection. In the eight years he has been in power, he has built an electoral machine that guarantees him victory. He has altered the registration rolls, adding to them about two million phantom voters; voting is conducted through an electronic system that the government has never allowed others to audit; and four of the five members of the National Electoral Council are his unconditional supporters. In addition, Chávez can count on an assured percentage of voters because they are public employees, contractors hired by the state, or recipients of the money he doles out by the fistful. A complex electoral system and some appropriate electronic devices generate the fear that the government might know the behavior of each and every voter, eliminating voter anonymity, as happened on the occasion of the revocatory referendum two years ago, which Chávez won through fraud.
Originally posted by cb84
Funny thing is Chavez is so against the U.S. that the only companies excluded from the tax were American. One such company Johnson & Johnson can import all their products into Venezuela free of this new tax. So what happens is Venezuelan companies have to pay more to manufacture their product in their own country which drives up prices and has given Johnson & Johnson and other American companies a bigger share of the market. Chavez is another Castro all he wants is money and by establishing that tax I'm sure American companies gave him some nice kickbacks. He talks big game but all he wants is power and money. If he meant what he said wouldn't he be working to push American company's out?
Originally posted by answerman
On the news here in Australia a little grab was shown of a Whitehouse official stating that the people of Venezuala do not have the same freedom to criticise the Preseident as Chavez has just done. The news report than claimed that if you're in Ven. and you criticize the President you automatically go to jail for 40 days!
1. Can anyone confirm this?
2. If this is true, how does this resonate with the picture being presented that Chavez is some sort of noble patriot standing up to an international bully?
Originally posted by Atomic
Yeah sorry, lots of bull---- flying around in this world.
Originally posted by dgtempe
After all, this is not a diplomat. This man is an elementary school dropout and eats with his fingers.