[Venezuelanalysis.com's Michael Fox reports on the Extraordinary Session held on Monday by Venezuela's National Assembly to present the findings of the Commission tasked to review the Constitutional Reform Proposal. Towards the end of the public event a scuffle broke out between opposition supporters and Chavez supporters.]
Revised Venezuelan Constitutional Reform Proposal Presented to Legislature
Caracas, October 16, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)- Venezuela's National Assembly held an Extraordinary Session yesterday to present the finding's of the Commission tasked to review the Constitutional Reform Proposal. Towards the end of the public event a scuffle broke out between opposition supporters and Chavez supporters.
AN President Cilia Flores explained that on top of Chavez's 33 proposed reforms, which he presented to the AN on August 15th, the commission added 25 of its own reform proposals. According to Flores, the AN reforms were acquired through direct consultation with the Venezuelan people, either through "street parliaments", direct consultation in the homes of some Venezuelan residents, or a "tribunal" set up in front of the National Assembly to collect suggestions.
"During the Consultation, there were sectors that participated with objections to the reform," said Flores. "With the greatest respect, we received their proposals, and the majority of the representatives of the Mixed Commission made a decision, and took into account the proposals that we considered complementary to the proposal of President Chavez and that were in the same spirit of the reform and the project of the country that is contained in the present 1999 Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."
Flores explained that their 25 additional reforms were necessary in order to incorporate the will of the people in the Constitutional Reform proposal.
"We, in the Mixed Commission systematized all of the proposals," said Flores.
Celia Flores explained that on top of their additional reforms, the Mixed Commission also "complimented" some of Chavez's 33 proposed reforms with proposals from other sectors.
The following is a partial list of (Chavez and National Assembly) reforms mentioned yesterday by Flores in her exposition:
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