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November 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The pro-government Congress on Tuesday granted President Hugo Chavez special fast-track powers to decree a wide range of laws without parliamentary debate, as the fractured opposition complained that the bill hands too much power to the president. The so-called enabling law allows Chavez one year to decree 37 laws on topics ranging from public finance to land reform. Chavez's leftist coalition controls 60% of Congress.
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June 9, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 9, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The pro-government Congress on Tuesday granted President Hugo Chavez special fast-track powers to decree a wide range of laws without parliamentary debate, as the fractured opposition complained that the bill hands too much power to the president. The so-called enabling law allows Chavez one year to decree 37 laws on topics ranging from public finance to land reform. Chavez's leftist coalition controls 60% of Congress.
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April 12, 2003 | Stephen Ixer, Special to The Times
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.
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