Venezuela’s Opposition and Pro-Chavez Movements to March on 23 January
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Venezuela�s Opposition and Pro-Chavez Movements to March on 23 January
Jan 15th 2013, by Tamara Pearson
[image: PSUV leader, Jorge Rodriguez (centre) at yesterday�s press
conference (Ciudad CCS)]
PSUV leader, Jorge Rodriguez (centre) at yesterday�s press conference
Merida, January 15th 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) � Yesterday the United
Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) announced that it will challenge
opposition claims of �unconstitutionality� and march on the same day as
they will next week. The governing party also announced that its candidates
for upcoming mayoral elections will be �chosen by the bases�.
Following calls by the opposition for a protest this coming 23 January
against the ruling by Venezuela�s Supreme Court that Chavez not swearing in
on 10 January was constitutional, the PSUV, together with other parties and
organisations such as the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) and The
Bolivarian Socialist Central of Workers (CBST) have also called for a march
that day in Caracas.
The PSUV is calling on members to come out to �defend the national
constitution and the true democracy achieved during the government of
President Hugo Chavez�.
One of the PSUV�s national leaders, Jorge Rodriguez told press yesterday
that the march will start at four different locations in Caracas, and will
end in the 23 de Enero barrio, where grassroots organisation is among the
highest in Caracas.
23 January � the barrio�s name in English, and also the date of the
opposition and pro-Chavez marches, is known as the �day of democracy� in
Venezuela because it marks the day in 1958 when a civic-military movement
overthrew the Marcos Jimenez dictatorship.
The opposition has claimed that Chavez being unable to swear-in on 10
January as he recovers from surgery for cancer is �unconstitutional�.
Meanwhile, the national government has pointed out that the current
opposition consists of many people who took part in the failed coup d��tat
attempt in 2002, and that it is the Chavista government and movement which
has been building real democracy in the country.
Carlos Lopez of the CBST also announced an international conference of
workers and unions called �Workers of the World with Hugo Chavez and the
Bolivarian Revolution� to be held this April and to conclude with the 1 May
*PSUV to consult its membership in choosing mayoral candidates*
During the same press conference yesterday, Rodriguez also announced that
the PSUV will �design a mechanism� to consult the bases and choose its
candidates for the upcoming mayoral elections on 26 May.
In the state elections last December, the PSUV�s candidates were chosen by
President Chavez and the national executive of the party.
Rodriguez said that in the meantime it was prohibited to suggest or promote
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