Thursday, August 16, 2007


Chavez Seeks New Venezuela Constitution, Indefinite Re-Election

‘Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unveiled a plan to rewrite the constitution that would allow him to seek indefinite re-election and deepen the country’s transformation to a socialist political and economic system.

Chavez, 53, addressed the nation last night from the National Assembly, outlining his proposal to create new federal, military and municipal districts, nationalize natural gas and coal resources and grant the state increased power to expropriate property, among other measures.

“We have to change the geometry of power,” Chavez said in comments broadcast by state television, in which he proposed the creation of communes and federal cities across the country. “All of these proposals will deepen this Bolivarian democracy,” Chavez said.’

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