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Venezuelan President Chavez Clashes With Congress After Inauguration

LADB Article ID: 54420
Category/Department: Venezuela
Date: 1999-02-12
By: LADB Staff

Hugo Chavez took the oath of office Feb. 2 to become Venezuela's ninth elected president in 41 years of democracy. Within hours, he issued a decree calling for a Constituent Assembly, angering some members of Congress who said the decree is unconstitutional. "I swear in front of my people, on this dying Constitution, that I will push forward the democratic transformations that are necessary so that the new republic will have an adequate Magna Carta for the times," Chavez said at the swearing-in ceremony.

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