Assembly denies funding for referendum

December 12, 2002

Lost in the myriad of news about the strike, protest and negotiations, the Head of the National Assembly told the Head of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) that the Assembly could not provide the required funding for the Feb. 2nd. consultive referendum. According to the President of the Assembly, such funding falls under the category of an “extraordinary credit” which needs to be approved by the President and the Cabinet before the Assembly considers it.


The refrendum was finally approved last week by the CNE, the Chavez adminsitration has tried to block it in the Supreme Court, so far without success. However, without funding, it is essentially impossible to hold the vote.

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