June 9, 2008 |
Bowing to popular pressure, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would rescind a new intelligence law that critics said would have forced citizens to spy on one another and would have moved the country toward a police state. During his Sunday talk show "Alo Presidente," Chavez said he had had second thoughts about the National Intelligence and Counterintelligence Law that he decreed May 28, a law that has been under attack from the nation's human rights and legal experts as unconstitutional.
April 12, 2003 |
This country's government and the opposition reached a preliminary agreement Friday preparing the way for a referendum on President Hugo Chavez's rule. The still-unsigned deal -- announced exactly a year after dissident generals ejected Chavez from power in a coup, only for loyalists to reinstall him two days later -- is the most significant achievement to emerge from five months of negotiations mediated by the Organization of American States.