For those that say the opposition has to get rid of Chavez via Constitutional means, the following article presents a brief description of the first 6 instance of the 22 most important violations by the Chavez Government of the Constitution, taken from today’s El Universal:
1.-2/2/99. Chavez is sworn in and says “I swear on this dying Constitution…..”
2.-01/19/99 The Supreme Court authorizes a referendum creating an instrument not in the Constitution and not using any of the mechanisms of the Constitution to allow the change.
3.-7/25/99 The principle of proportional representation established in the Constitution is violated when Chavez’ MVR party with only 65% of the votes, obtained 98% of the seats in the National Constituent Assembly which was to change the Constitution.
4.-12/22/99 The Constituent Assembly a week before the new Constitution was enacted decreed a “transition regime’ which ceased the functioning of Congress, legislative assemblies and all other public powers. Then, arguing that the new Constitution had yet to take effect (it had been approved already five days earlier in a referendum on 12/18/99) it created a National Legislative Committee, named the new members of the Supreme Court, the people’s Defender, the Attorney General, the National Electoral Commission and the Comptroller. In none of these cases were the procedures established by the new Constitution followed.
5.-3/24/00 After the publication of the new Constitution on 12/30/99, changes to the original document, not insubstantial, were added without approval by referendum in clear violation of the new Constitution articles 5, and 340 to 346.
6.-1/309/00 The Constituent Assembly approved the new electoral statue of public powers and established the date for the new elections. This implies it assumed powers it did not have and even assmued the functions of the National Electoral Council.
More to come, but as usual I ask: Where were the OAS, Human Rights Watch, the Carter Center and the PNUD then? Power was taken away from the people and that is why we now are trapped in the labyrinth created by Chavez that all possible solutions out of the problem such as impeachment, trial of the President or even an election are in the hands of hardcore Chavez supporters appointed by the Constituent Assembly with no proporational representation. What is this called, a Constitutional kidnapping?