[Marxism] Chavez Urges Party for All-Out Campaign for Venezuelan Constitutional Reform

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 27 07:33:43 MDT 2007


(Chavez also stressed the internationalist character of the PSUV and
called for a new International of left parties, saying "2008 could be
a good time to convoke a meeting of left parties in Latin America to
organize a new International, an organization of parties and
movements of the left in Latin America and the Caribbean." "There is
a resurgence of consciousness of the people and we must continue
building the movements and leaders of a new left, of a new project,"
he added.)
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www.venezuelanalysis.com/news.php?newsno=2399

Chavez Urges Party for All-Out Campaign 
for Venezuelan Constitutional Reform

Monday, Aug 27, 2007 		
By: Kiraz Janicke - Venezuelanalysis.com

Caracas, August 26, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Addressing
thousands of members of the battalions of the new United Socialist
Party of Venezuela (PSUV), packed into the Poliedro Stadium in
Caracas on Saturday, President Hugo Chavez called for an offensive to
guarantee the approval in the national referendum of his project of
constitutional reforms, which he says are necessary to guarantee the
transition to socialism in Venezuela.

"We are going to pulverize the opposition in the referendum," he
declared, and "I propose that after we approve them [the
constitutional reforms], the book of the Constitution is converted
from blue to red, the red book."

Chavez also announced that after discussions with the Military High
Command, he was incorporating a number of changes into his proposal,
which would continue to recognize the National Guard, (to be renamed
the Bolivarian National Guard), after it had been argued that his
original proposal would allow for its abolition, through
incorporation into the other bodies of the Armed Forces. The Reserves
would be renamed as the Bolivarian National Militia, as opposed to
the Bolivarian Popular Militia in his original proposal. In addition
he said he was in discussion with some governors that had slight
differences over his proposed geographical redistribution of power.

Chavez said that although under the current constitution the National
Assembly could separate the reforms to be voted on article by article
in the referendum, he was calling for his proposal be voted on block
as it was an "integral proposal" for the transition of Venezuela
towards socialism.

As he outlined his ideas for the construction of the new party,
Chavez argued the project of constitutional reform would provide,
"the fuel for the political and ideological debate in the battalions
[of the PSUV]."

Acknowledging that of the 5.8 million people that had signed up to be
members of the PSUV only approximately 1.5 million have participated
in the socialist battalions, Chavez said, "We were sure that when we
commenced the second stage of the process all these people that
registered were not going to participate, for logical reasons - there
are people that work on Saturdays, others that have family
commitments and others that don't have the sufficient level of
commitment to be an activist. It's natural that this is so."

In this sense he proposed to organize the new party in "concentric
circles" of full members and non-full members. The different levels
of membership he assured did not imply a hierarchy, but reflected
different levels of time dedicated to the party, with different
levels of rights and obligations. "Full members must have the time to
carry out the political tasks of the party and convert themselves
into disseminators and organizers, and they must be a revolutionary
example," he continued.

In the internal life of the party Chavez called for "irreverence in
discussion and loyalty in action." He also announced the creation of
a Provisional Discipline Committee of the PSUV, headed by former
vice-president Diosdado Cabello, and referred to a case of an
aspirant whose conduct he said, was contrary to the formation of the
PSUV.

According to confidential sources quoted in Diario VEA (August 26),
Deputy Francisco Ameliach, leader of the "socialist block" in
parliament, was the aspirant who was called to report to the
discipline committee. Earlier in the week Ameliach had alluded to the
possibility of resurrecting the Movement for a Fifth Republic (MVR -
the largest pro-Chavez party that dissolved earlier this year to
become part of the PSUV) for the regional elections of governors in
2008, if the formation of the PSUV had not been completed. Chavez
also affirmed that unlike the MVR, all PSUV candidates for local,
regional and national elections would be democratically chosen from
the base.

Venezuelan vice-president and coordinator of the National Promoters
Commission of the PSUV, Jorge Rodriguez, assured that the new party
would be formed by November. The elections for spokespeople to the
founding congress of the PSUV, which were postponed in August to
prioritize discussion of the constitutional reforms, have been
rescheduled for mid September, "After we have elected them [the
spokespeople], we hope to install the Founding Congress in October,
so that by November we have completely formed the structure of the
biggest party in the history of America," Rodriguez clarified.

Rodriguez also said that Chavez would be traveling throughout the
country to facilitate, "the process [of formation] of the assemblies
and battalions and also in the discussion of the constitutional
reform."

Chavez also stressed the internationalist character of the PSUV and
called for a new International of left parties, saying "2008 could be
a good time to convoke a meeting of left parties in Latin America to
organize a new International, an organization of parties and
movements of the left in Latin America and the Caribbean." "There is
a resurgence of consciousness of the people and we must continue
building the movements and leaders of a new left, of a new project,"
he added.





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