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President Ch?vez: A new constitutional doctrine is arising in South America

On Thursday, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, said that a new constitutional doctrine, which is fundamental and was first expressed in Venezuela 10 years ago, is arising in South America.

The President made that statement on arriving in Belém do Pará, Brazil, for the World Social Forum 2009.

He was responding to a question about the biased coverage that some international media agencies are engaging in regarding the proposed constitutional amendment that would lift term limits for the Presidency of the Republic as well as for every other popularly elected office.  This amendment proposal will be voted on in a referendum in Venezuela on February 15th.

“In this context of a global [media], we must not fall into the traps of a small debate, which seeks to impose the opinions of the Venezuelan opposition and its international allies,” the President said.

President Chávez noted that February 2nd will make the 10 year anniversary of the beginning of the revolutionary government, as well as the day that “this solider signed a decree to convene a national referendum [for a new constitution]. Like that, the voice of the nation began to arise, as well as a new constitutional doctrine that is starting to prevail on this continent.”

“The prevailing voice is not that of the oligarchies, the Pentagon, dictatorships, the domestic bourgeois, but what is starting to prevail, truly, is the voice of the people, and this is what is continuing to happen in Venezuela after 10 years, more so now with the new referendum that will take place on February 15th for the constitutional amendment,” he explained.

“The voice of the people will continue to rise, as it prevailed in Bolivia and Ecuador, beyond the opinions of some,” President Chávez emphasized.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 29, 2009

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