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Unformatted text preview: THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING Chávez granted broad powers Critics see path to dictatorship By Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press | February 1, 2007 CARACAS -- President Hugo Chávez was granted free rein yesterday to accelerate changes in broad areas of society by presidential decree -- a move critics said propels Venezuela toward dictatorship. Convening in a downtown plaza in a session that resembled a political rally, lawmakers unanimously gave Chávez sweeping powers to legislate by decree and impose his radical vision of a more egalitarian sot state. "Long live the sovereign people! Long live President Hugo Chávez! Long live som!" said National Assembly President Cilia Flores as she proclaimed the "enabling law" approved by a show of hands. "Fatherland, som or death! We will prevail!" The law gives Chávez, who is beginning a six-year term, more power than he has had in eight years as president, and he plans to use it over the next 18 months to transform broad...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POL 1013 taught by Professor Dr.j.philiprogers during the Spring '05 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.
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