In a heated debate, opposition deputies suggested to grant special ruling powers to President Hugo Chávez only until January 5, 2011, when the new National Assembly takes office. This motion was rejected by pro-government lawmakers
Venezuela's National Assembly passed on Friday the draft enabling law that allows President Hugo Chávez to issue decree-laws for the next 18 months.
At the request of National Assembly Chair Cilia Flores, the Parliament amended Article 3 of the enabling law to extend to 18 months the term during which Chávez's special ruling powers will be in force.
Flores said the bill was drafted having in mind thousands of Venezuelan who were made homeless by heavy rains nationwide. Dissenting parties Podemos, Patria para Todos, and Frente Humanista Ecológico voted against the bill. "We have collected signatures from people supporting the proposal" of extending the special ruling powers for 18 months, added Flores.
Flores announced that on Friday the law will be delivered to President Hugo Chávez. "I am taking it with me to deliver it to the president," Flores said after signing the law.
In a heated debate, opposition deputies suggested to grant special ruling powers to President Hugo Chávez only until January 5, 2011, when the new National Assembly takes office. This motion was rejected by pro-government lawmakers.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.