[Venezuelanalysis.com report on a dispute within the pro-Chavez
sector over how to go about the formation of the new United Socialist
Party of Venezuela (PSUV).]
Inner-Party Disputes Flare in the Formation of United Socialist Party of Venezuela
By Kiraz Janicke – Venezuelanalysis.com
Friday, September 07, 2007
Caracas, September 6, 2007, (venezuelanalysis.com) – A dispute within the pro-Chavez sector over how to go about the formation of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) ended with one of the involved politicians apologizing for his comments.
In a press conference Wednesday Venezuelan Deputy Francisco Ameliach admitted that he had made a “political error” when he said on the 24th of August that Chavez’s former party, the Movement for the Fifth Republic (MVR), could be resurrected in time for the regional elections of governors next year if the process of forming the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela was incomplete.
The comments which President Hugo Chavez said were detrimental to the formation of the new party, prompted him to call for the establishment a provisional discipline tribunal in the PSUV, headed by headed by the Governor of Miranda and former vice-president Diosdado Cabello, who is often described as being on the rightwing of ‘Chavismo’. Chavez also announced at the same time that he was withdrawing his some of his proposed changes to the structure of the military, (which would have effectively seen the dissolution of the National Guard through its incorporation into other bodies of the armed forces), after a meeting Military High Command on the 24th, in relation to reports of anti-Chavez material circulating in the military barracks.
After being called to the discipline tribunal on August 26, Ameliach resigned from his position as head of the pro-Chavez “Socialist Block” in parliament, to which, he had been elected by default a week earlier, when the other candidate, Mario Isea, who won the elections, stepped aside. Isea has since assumed the leadership of the Socialist Block. Ameliach, who had been holding meetings with various sectors of the military to convince them to support Chavez's initial proposed changes to the structure of the military, also resigned from his position on the National Assembly Defense and Security Commission.
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