Dissenters seek legal clarification on Chávez's temporary absence
Executive Secretary of Venezuela's opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) said dissenters would resort to the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, the Organization of American States, and Mercosur
"The president is not here and the pertaining constitutional mechanism should be enforced. We will do anything, within the limits of freedom, civility, patriotism, and pacific and democratic struggle. We will do our best as citizens to defend the Constitution," Aveledo said when interviewed by private TV news channel Globovisión.
First, the opposition alliance plans to resort to the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) to request annulment of the Congress' resolution approved on Tuesday, which authorizes Hugo Chávez to stay out of the Venezuela for an indefinite period while keeping his presidential powers.
"There is a regulation providing that temporary absences are valid for 180 days. This is a long term, yet they (pro-government deputies) have dismissed this regulation because of their interests and their internal rivalry, right inside the Government. This does not do any good to the country," the MUD's leader stressed.
Aveledo said that the opposition does not want to hold a vote tomorrow or that the president's powers are transferred to dissenters. Instead, the opposition seeks the declaration of Chávez's temporary absence. "Absence is a clear fact and while the president needs some time to recover and come back (to Venezuela), the Congress's speaker should take over."
The MUD's leader added that the opposition would also resort to international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur).
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.