Talk:Constitution of Venezuela
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Suggestion: Was there a constitution previous to this one, and how are they different? AdamRetchless 13:13, 23 August 2005 (UTC)
Yes, there was a constitution made in 1961.
The main article reads: "National Constituent Assembly convened by President Hugo Chávez"
"Convened" does not really explain what happened in 1999. Chávez won elections in 98 in compliance to the old constitution, and his electoral promise was to call for a referendum asking the people if they wanted to celebrate a National Constituent Assembly, so his very first decree as new president was to have a referendum asking people this.
After the people approved to have a Constituent Assembly with originary powers (this means that it must not subordinate to any of the established institutions), elections were held to choose the people integrating this Constituent National Assembly, then they later debated among themselves and held public debates asking suggestions to all sectors of society of how a new constitution should be. After mostly a year of work, the draft was finished and then, was presented for approval, again doing a referendum.
This article: History of Constitutional Reform, by Gregory Wilpert, explains this with more details. It also describes some of the differences with the constitution of 1961.
You may compare the differences by reading both documents:
- constitution of 1961 in spanish unofficial english translation
- constitution of 1999 in spanish unofficial english translation
The Constition was 'Bolivarian-Marxist'? How about Socialist?
Removal of boycott
- Opposition was calling to vote "no", there were no boycott from main opp groups. Results were not controversial, I don't know of any significant group challenging the legitimacy of the constitution JRSP 12:53, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
Guayana Esequiba dispute
Does anyone know what the constitution says with regard to Venezuela's national boundaries? My understanding is that Venezuela claims over half of Guyana in what it calls "Guayana Esequiba." Historically Venezuela has regarded Guayana Esequiba as a state occupied illegally by Guyana. It would be interesting to note if the new constitution maintains this claim.22.214.171.124 (talk) 01:38, 11 September 2011 (UTC)
Are there articles regarding the past constitutions of Venezuela? If not, should there be a history section in this article giving a summary of those constitutions? If so, should there be wikilinks to those articles on this article page, possibly in the see also section?--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 15:03, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
Removal of venezuelaanalysis.com as a source
- The particular article you were citing was an opinion piece. I said "The Venezuelaanalysis.com article is clearly labelled as an opinion piece, and the views in it should be presented as such if they are included at all," in reference to the article you were citing at Venezuela. I did not say that the whole site is an opinion blog, and I did not say that the site cannot be used on Wikipedia. Ian.thomson (talk) 03:42, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
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