June 8, 2008


Chávez suffers military and policy setbacks (IHT, June 8, 2008)

On the same day Colombia said it had captured a Venezuelan national guard officer carrying 40,000 AK-47 assault rifle cartridges believed to be intended for leftist guerrillas, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela said Saturday he would withdraw a decree overhauling intelligence policies that he had made earlier that week. [...]

[I]n a rare act of self-criticism on Saturday, Chávez acknowledged the ire that his intelligence overhaul had provoked among legal scholars and human rights groups, which said Chávez was attempting to introduce a police state by forcing judges to cooperate with intelligence services and criminalizing dissent. [...]

Reeling from the defeat of a constitutional reform in December that would have expanded his powers, Chávez, in his 10th year in power, is facing multiple challenges as a reinvigorated opposition fields candidates in regional elections this year and Venezuela's economic growth slows despite record oil prices.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2008 7:00 AM
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