Saturday, January 13, 2007
Socialism: a priority for Chávez’ new mandate
January 11, 2007
BY RONALD SUAREZ RIVAS AND ALBERTO BORREGO AVILA (PHOTO)
Granma Daily special correspondents
CARACAS, January 10.—With the invocation of a constituent assembly aimed at reforming the constitution and a call for special legislative powers to draft legislation to boost the construction of socialism, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez officially began his new six-year mandate.
Reelected with more than 62% of the votes in last December’s elections, Chávez confirmed that he hopes to accelerate the intensification of the Revolution and, in this context, reiterated the areas of work directed at achieving just that.
Besides modifying the constitution and a package of laws addressing the nationalization of strategic sectors of the economy such as electricity, telecommunications and ensuring the country’s control over its hydrocarbons, the Bolivarian leader called for a revision of the current political-administrative division, configuring what he described as “a new geometry of power” in order to revert the backward state found in certain Venezuelan regions today.
He also suggested the need to stimulate popular participation in decision-making, giving a greater role to communal councils and the conception of government from the street.
At the same time, he clarified that all transformations would need the support of the majority and if the people are opposed to any one of the measures proposed, he will not hesitate to comply with their wishes.