Henry Ramos Allup, the Secretary-General of opposition Acción
Democrática party fears that the government may advance
a constitutional reform to remove restriction to two consecutive
presidential terms. In this way, President Hugo Chávez
could remain in office until 2030.
"They intend to control, by using the twin-ballot system
and the advantages of the electoral system, two thirds or
more at the National Assembly. Therefore, they could further
a punctual constitutional reform. As a result, the Venezuelan
president, elected for six years, could be reelected immediately
for an additional term," Ramos Allup explained.
In his view, the intention aired Monday by President Chávez
to remain in office until 2030 is an overt message for government
deputies to lay the appropriate legal foundations and "also
extend the presidential term from six to nine years."
He underscored that there is no need to submit the reform
initiative to public consultation. In the case of punctual
amendments to the constitution, the vote of two-thirds at
the National Assembly is enough.