Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Chavez gains free rein in Venezuela – CZ BOD have free rein in Coto de Caza

January 31, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez, convening in a downtown plaza, lawmakers unanimously gave Chavez sweeping powers to legislate by decree and impose his radical vision of a more egalitarian socialist state.

Late last year, the Coto de Caza board of directors unanimously approved a measured aimed at isolating critics of the administration. In essence, the Coto de Caza board has done what Chavez has promised to do duringthe next 18 months: “.. to transform broad areas of public life, from the economy and the oil industry in particular, to "social matters" and the very structure of the state. His critics call it a radical lurch toward authoritarianism by a leader with unchecked power”, according to an AP report released earlier today.

"If you have all the power, why do you need more power?" said Luis Gonzalez, a high school teacher who paused to watch in the plaza the Chavez assembly, calling it a "media show" intended to give legitimacy to a repugnant move. "We're headed toward a dictatorship, disguised as a democracy.". Critics of the current Coto de Caza board have called it the most incompetent in the history of the community.
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