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
When we look at the issue of human rights in Venezuela and the relevant reports submitted each year, a clear pattern emerges, namely, the impunity following the violation of rights such as freedom of expression, political rights, and the right to life and personal integrity, which has Venezuela consistently ranking among the lowest scorers in assessment indices.