Morales Slams Supporters of Venezuela’s Opposition Plebiscite

Source:  TeleSur
July 15 2017

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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales | Photo: Reuters

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has thanked Bolivia for the support expressed by “the great leader of South American peoples.”

A “coup attitiude” against a democratically elected government

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says those who want to give legitimacy to Sunday’s unconstitutional plebiscite called by the Venezuelan opposition have a “coup attitiude”.

Morales made the comment on Twitter, adding that Venezuela’s government has been democratically elected and attempts to label it a dictatorship are cynical.

The opposition has been trying to gather more support for its non-binding vote on the administration of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

CNE regards the plebiscite as illegitimate

Several former regional leaders have arrived in Caracas ahead of Sunday’s unrecognized ballot.

The ex-Presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and Costa Rica have been invited by the opposition-led National Assembly.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, CNE, regards the plebiscite as illegitimate.

It’s overseeing a dry run, also on Sunday, ahead of the election for the National Constituent Assembly.

OAS interfering in Venezuela’sdomestic affairs

Earlier in the week, Morales reiterated his criticism of the Organization of the American States and its Secretary General Luis Almagro for interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.

The Bolivian President said Almagro’s decision to back the plebiscite shows that individual nations’ human rights records are judged differently depending in their governments.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada responded on Twitter to say that his government was grateful for the support expressed by “the great leader of South American peoples.”

Moncada added, “Bolivia’s courage and solidarity will always remain in the memory of the Venezuelan people.”

Checks Held Ahead of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Dry Run

Source:  TeleSUR
July 15 2017

 

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Thousands of people gathered at a PSUV rally before the National Constituent Assembly vote dry run in Valencia, July 15, 2017 | Photo: PSUV

Government supporters have been rallying to promote a free, democratic and safe vote.

Venezuela is holding a nationwide dry run vote on Sunday before the election of representatives to the National Constituent Assembly.

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The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV, is carrying out checks on some of the electoral machinery ahead of the ballot at the end of the month.

One of the review activities has been taking place in Valencia, Carabobo state.

Thousands of PSUV supporters gathered in the city’s bullring, along with the party’s Vice President Diosdado Cabello and Héctor Rodríguez, Commander of the Zamora Constituent Campaign 200.

 

Ensuring that the people exercise their democratic right to vote

During his speech to the crowd, Cabello called for the full weight of the law to be imposed on “those who walk burning people” in reference to the victims of violence during the recent opposition protests.

He also told the crowd that abstentionism would be avoided “by ensuring that the people exercise their democratic right to vote despite any adverse situation or sabotage of the right to be present.”

The National Electoral Council, CNE, is overseeing preparations for the election which is being held on July 30.

Providing instruction on voting protocol and testing election technology

The body will also provide instruction on voting protocol and test election technology at 496 polling stations before of the official poll.

“We will not allow any violent radicalism to hurt the opportunity to express ourselves as the peaceful and democratic people we are,”  Tibisay Lucena, head of the CNE said.

The call for a National Constituent Assembly was made by President Nicolas Maduro on May 1 to help ease ongoing tensions with the right-wing opposition.

The body that will rewrite the country’s 1999 Constitution 

The body that will rewrite the country’s 1999 Constitution will be made up of 545 members, with 364 representing regions and another 181 representing various social sectors — workers, farmers, people with disabilities, students, retirees, the business sector, communes and communal councils.

They will draft a new constitutional text which will be put to a popular vote in Venezuela.

RELATED: Venezuelans Continue Marches Backing Constituent Assembly

Opposition leaders are calling for people to vote in their own plebiscite on Sunday, which the CNE regards as illegitimate and non-binding.

Julio Borges, president of the National Assembly, which is currently in contempt of the law, called for the July 16 ballot to consult Venezuelans on three questions: whether they want a constituent assembly or not; whether they want the Armed Forces to support the existing constitution and the decisions of the National Assembly; and whether they want immediate general elections.

Other opposition leaders have described the unconstitutional plebiscite as an opportunity to prepare the ground for blockading the country.

Venezuela: US Denies Maduro Airspace Access for China Trip

Source: Jamaica Observer

maduroCARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela officials say that the United States has refused permission for President Nicolas Maduro’s plane to fly through its airspace when the Venezuelan leader travels to China this weekend.

Maduro’s Government received word from US authorities that the plane was denied rights to American airspace over the Atlantic, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told reporters Thursday in decrying the decision as an “insult”.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Venezuela-says-US-denies-Maduro-airspace-access-for-China-trip#ixzz2fOWMfhie

“Overwhelming” Evidence of Plot to Assassinate Venezuela’s Maduro

Source: Venezuelanalysis.com

July 25th 2013

nicolas maduro 5Head of Venezuela’s National Assembly Diosdado Cabello has stated that he will make public “hard evidence of assassination attempts” targeting himself and President Nicolas Maduro “in due course”.

“We know who they are, what they are, what they want, and we will find them,” Cabello told legislators during a special session of the assembly in Zulia state on Wednesday.

The alleged plot was first revealed by Maduro during a street government in Monagas state the day before, when he said that “fascist” groups operating in Venezuela “have crazy plans”.

Read more at: http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/9880

Maduro proposes to create a Central Workers Union of CELAC

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Source: http://www.avn.info.ve/contenido/maduro-proposes-create-central-workers-union-celac

The President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro proposed Tuesday the creation of a Central Workers Union for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in order to re-articulate the labor movement in Latin America.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Begins “Street Government”, Announces 70 Projects for Zulia

Source: Venezuelanalysis.com
May 1 2013

  • In order to “contribute to freedom of expression”, a newspaper, the Correo del Lago (Lake Post) will be founded as a “newspaper of the invisible people”.

 

Maduro at the La Guajira wind farmOn Monday (March 29) President Nicolas Maduro explained the outcomes of the government’s first “Street Government” carried out in Zulia state, including the recovery of Maracaibo Lake, expanding a wind farm, and a new newspaper.

When Maduro swore-in as president he announced that he would commence his presidential term with a tour of the whole country, listening to proposals from grassroots organisations.

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Nicolas Maduro: “Until the Last Day, Chavez Wanted to Live”

The following is Part 2 of an interview of Nicolas Maduro by Panorama.

When Nicolás Maduro talks about President Chávez his face changes, his eyes too, he swallows hard at times, like a son when talking about a father who is no longer there.

Aren’t there risks of fractures within the PSUV to guarantee this triumph you speak of?

chavez y maduro 2We are in the best moment for motivation, commitment to the ideas of President Chávez, unity amongst ourselves on the politico-military team directing the revolution, among the most distinguished and recognized sectors of the revolution, we have a brotherly relationship.

The blow of losing President Chávez has been terrible, tragic. I, personally, when I wake up in the mornings, I look at the ceiling and think of him, because every morning I got up with the day’s agenda, and that was to Continue reading