Another undemocratic act in the National Assembly

July 31, 2003


In another display of anti-democratic behavior, pro-Chavez Deputies in the Finance Committee of the National Assembly blocked the possibility that the Director of its own economic Economic Office ask the Ministry of Finance any questions. This is not only undemocratic, but violates the regulations of the office itself that says that the office has voice but not vote in any legislative committee on all budgetary and financial matters. The Head of the Economic Office, Francisco Rodriguez, who has a Ph. D. from Harvard and was a Professor at the University of Maryland, was chosen for the position by the Chavistas when the former Head, Gustavo Garcia, became uncomfortable for the Government. While Rodriguez was sympathetic to the Chavez project initially, he has become a nuisance to the Chavistas with a stream of reports highly critical of the Government’s economic policies.

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