Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 12:23 UTC

Chavez former closest loyalists call for his resignation

A group of one-time loyalists and close advisors of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called on him to resign saying that after eleven years in power he had lost “the legitimacy and capacity to govern”.

Former defence minister Raul Isaias Baduel and Hermannn Escarra, one of the main drafters of the new Chavez-era constitution signed the petition

“To keep the country from further ills, as are now taking place, we formally demand that you resign,” the group, which called itself the Constitutional Axis, said in a statement published in local newspapers.

Signers included former foreign minister Luis Alfonso Davila; former defence minister Raul Isaias Baduel; one of the main drafters of the new Chavez-era constitution, Hermann Escarra; and two men who were at Chavez's side in a failed 1992 military coup bid, Yoel Acosta and Jesus Urdaneta.

The document took aim at what it called Chavez' “autocratic, totalitarian and self-centred way of governing” and to his “utterly careless use of language ... which lays bare a soul that is intolerant, petty, hateful and resentful.”

Oil-rich Venezuela is suffering from proliferating problems including water and electric power shortages, insufficient food supplies, high crime rates and corruption, all of which signers argued just “added more elements to disqualify Chavez as a leader.”

The group called for respect for private property rights and political pluralism, and charged that the military and other institutions were “distorted by the incursion of outside elements,” a reference to communist Cuba, Chavez's closest regional ally.

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1 Bubba (#) Feb 03rd, 2010 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can not fool all of the people all of the time..
2 Alvaro Uribe (#) Feb 03rd, 2010 - 02:11 pm Report abuse
Just to clarify what “Bubba” was trying to say, the quote is the following: “You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time; but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
3 tetin (#) Feb 03rd, 2010 - 04:13 pm Report abuse
you can fool all of the people all of the time ..
me ? never ..
once the Britons provocations and collaborations against the Spaniards
while Simon Bolivar era ..wondering that they can assist on today ??
4 doorworker (#) Feb 05th, 2010 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
“Fool me once, shame on...you?...fool me...can't get fooled again!”<br /><br />
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qDuG0ZYD5I<br /><br />
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A call for “political pluralism” is a nice touch, considering the corporate media supported coup in the opposition's past...and those media outlets' continued anti-Chavez operation. The 60% popular approval rating enjoyed by the president is a point difficult to square with the 'unfit to lead' charge.
5 riomarcos (#) Feb 08th, 2010 - 04:39 pm Report abuse
It's about time Chavez got the boot, he has created an arms race in the region, attacked boats from Guyana, made the Venezuelan economy more dependent on oil than ever, and ruined the lives of millions. Good riddance to bad rubbish!
6 Bubba (#) Feb 09th, 2010 - 05:31 am Report abuse
His closest allies, rats and sinking ships comes to mind.

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