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I Write That Title With No Joy In My Heart
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in Featured Stories | Foreign Affairs — Comments (5) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Venezuela's National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting the president the power to bypass congress and rule by decree for 18 months.
President Hugo Chavez says he wants "revolutionary laws" to enact sweeping political, economic and social changes.
He has said he wants to nationalise key sectors of the economy and scrap limits on the terms a president can serve.
Mr Chavez began his third term in office last week after a landslide election victory in December.
The bill allowing him to enact laws by decree is expected to win final approval easily in the assembly on its second reading on Tuesday.
Venezuela's political opposition has no representation in the National Assembly since it boycotted elections in 2005.
Mr Chavez approved 49 laws by decree during the first year of his previous term, after the assembly passed a similar "Enabling Law" in November 2000.
Now the president says an Enabling Law is a key step in what he calls an accelerating march toward socialism.
Strangely enough, various Chavez supporters in the political and blogospheric world are silent regarding this encroachment of political liberties and the democratic order. One does wish that they would speak up from time to time to clarify whether they are still fans of the Bolivarian revolutionary, or whether they feel betrayed by his authoritarian tendencies.
Oh, and Chavez's "Enabling Law" was quite obviously named by someone with no sense of history. At least I hope so; it would be quite terrifying to think that a historically literate soul decided to give the law a name.
(BBC story via Ed Morrissey. Note to flyerhawk: This blog post is especially dedicated to you, my darling little popinjay. Never let it be said that I don't have a long memory, or that I suffer the comments of a certain class of souls willingly.)