Skip to comments.Venezuela congress grants Chavez decree powers (for 18 months)
Posted on 12/17/2010 3:07:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge
CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuelan lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc.
Chavez opponents condemned the move as a power grab, saying the law will be a blank check for the leftist leader to rule without consulting lawmakers. ..
A new congress goes into session Jan. 5 with an opposition contingent large enough to hinder approval of some types of major laws. Opposition lawmakers say decree powers now give Chavez a blank check to rule autocratically while ignoring the congress.
Chavez has argued he needs decree powers to fast-track funds to help the victims of recent floods and landslides, and also to hasten Venezuela's transition to a socialist state.
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Good bye, VZ.
It’s been good to know ya.
Obama is absolutely green with envy at Hugo’s dictatoral Communist powers.
He will decree himself Dictator for Life within 18 months.
It was going to pass because they also made it a crime for a member of Chavez Party to vote against his/her party. lol.
Yeah, why didn’t Pelosi and Reid think of this for their lame duck session?
He’d better read up on the Romanian Revolution before considering that. It didn’t work out so well for Nicolae Ceausescu.
“Chavez opponents condemned the move as a power grab...”
Nah, no way...
Hitler got 4 years.
“From this day on, the official language of Venezuela will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!”
The moon over parador just keeps getting dimmer!
The final nail. Are the armed forces there so corrupt, they will not mount a coup?
> Chavez has argued he needs decree powers ... to hasten
> Venezuela’s transition to a socialist state.
Yes, that’s worked out so well everywhere else it’s been tried.
Hitler would approve!
A lame duck congress passing laws to thwart the will of the people? Does such a thing even happen in civilized countries?
They must be in cahoots with Chavez — nobody could be that stupid to do this otherwise.
So was his first decree to extend the year by 6 months?
Bloodshed soon to follow I am afraid. If not from the people rising up it will be from Chavez purging his enemies.
Some day soon, we are going to have to deal with this A$$hole. 1800 Russian Surface to air missles? Guess the Monroe Doctrine is dead.
The putz in the WH strikes, again!!!
I give it two years before we start finding the mass graves.
Sad thing is it would be sooner but Google will probably not allow people to view Venezuela. Chavez will pay them nicely.
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