Hugo Chavez Called for a Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Social Programs
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called for a constitutional amendment that social programs he has created in his thirteen years in office to continue to run even if he loses the presidential election of October 7, the agency Efe.
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The unicameral National Assembly (AN) must “take the initiative to make an amendment or an amendment to the Constitution to include the social missions Socialists in the Constitution,” he said.
Meanwhile, the opposition candidate for October elections, Henrique Capriles, said the government social programs “are the people” and “must not only maintained but improved.”
Chavez described as “sinvergüenzura and demagoguery of the bourgeoisie” Capriles proposal and insisted that if “they propose a law” supporters, who dominate the National Assembly should propose “a constitutional amendment or reform” for the same purpose.
Chavez has the advantage for upcoming elections
A survey by variances gives President Chavez a lead of 5.2 percentage points over the opposition presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles, facing elections on 7 October, the pollster.
Variances survey gives Chavez a vote intention of 50.7% and 45.5% Capriles. It has a margin of error of 2.3% for a sample interviewed at home to 1,900 people between 12 and 26 May.
President Chavez also expressed his opinion regarding the October elections. He said that “even the stones” know they will win the elections next October, which will seek his third term, and said he is preparing to launch “general offensive” of his campaign.
“Venezuela is winning and will win the electoral battle revolution this year,” said Chavez in a telephone interview with the weekly press conference of his party, the Socialist Kingdom of Venezuela (PSUV).
“They know to the rocks, the sands of the Sahara, the pyramids of Egypt, the North Sea, the stones and the sacred land of Argentine Falklands, the snowy peaks of the Andes, the vast savanna of the Orinoco and Amazon rainforest, “the head of state.