Hugo Chavez limited power

Por Venezuela Real - 6 de Noviembre, 2006, 10:43, Categoría: Historia Oficial

 Chuck Kaufman es uno de esos intelectuales tarifados que recorren el mundo gracias a la generosidad de la revolución. Dirigente importante de la Organización "hands off Venezuela", pronto vendrá al país -junto con una delegación- para estar aquí, acompañando al caudillo durante las elecciones.


Chuck Kaufman

Washington Post
November 06, 2006

In "Chávez's Legal Weapon" [op-ed, Oct. 30], Jackson Diehl condemned Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's twice democratically elected president, as an "autocrat" and implied a Chávez hand in the murder of a prosecutor who was investigating the 2002 failed coup against Mr. Chávez.

Mr. Diehl would have us believe that Mr. Chávez is in control of every facet of government. In fact, the Venezuelan presidency is significantly less powerful than the U.S. presidency. Mr. Chávez does not appoint the judges of the Supreme Court or lower courts, unlike the U.S. president. They are elected by the legislature, as are the rectors of the National Electoral Council, the branch responsible for conducting elections.

Venezuela is without question a polarized nation, but it has a free, mostly anti-Chávez press. Mr. Chávez's opponent, Manuel Rosales, is running a strong campaign without harassment from the government. Mr. Chávez won the 1998 and 2000 presidential elections and the 2004 recall vote by about 60 percent to 40 percent. I recently traveled with a pre-electoral delegation to Venezuela, and most of the people we talked with predict a similar outcome on Dec. 3.

The writer is a volunteer with the Venezuela Solidarity Network.

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