The current National Assembly will approve several new laws before 15 December 2010, several PSUV legislators already have announced.
President Hugo Chavez wants his new communal governance and communal economic institutions in place legally before the new National Assembly is installed on 5 January 2011.
Once the communal laws still awaiting approval are enacted by the current assembly, there isn’t much that the new assembly can do about it.
Chavez may not have his 2/3 + 1 “qualified majority” that allows him to do anything he wishes. But the opposition doesn’t have sufficient votes in the new assembly that sessions as of 5 January 2011 to roll back any laws approved by the current assembly during the coming 100 days.
The Organic Laws of Popular Power, Planning and Communes already were approved in the first reading, and will be submitted for a seconf/final reading and vote before 15 December.
The assembly already has approved new financial laws tailored for the new “socialist” model that Chavez is imposing unconstitutionally – because his proposed constitutional reforms already were rejected by over 50% of voters in 2007. But Chavez doesn’t give a hoot what the “pueblo” thinks.
Chavez already has destroyed the national currency, stripped the Central Bank of all autonomy to make it the revolution’s ultimate piggy bank, and illegally expropriated the assets of most of the private financial brokerage sector before shutting it down completely.
This year the assembly also approved the Organic Law of the National Financial System, an Insurance Activities Law, and a new Capital Markets Law (that killed the Stock Exchange). A new Banking Activities Law will be approved before 15 December.
Last March the assembly approved the Organic Law of the Federal Council of Government (presided by Chavez), which creates a new territorial structure/administration in which communes will basically run things locally, including “economic activity.”
The Communes Law also will be strengthened by a planned Communal Economic System Law which the current assembly expects to approve by 15 December.
Social property communal enterprises will directly manage the production, transformation, distribution, exchange and even the consumption of the goods and services provided by communal organizations.
Something called “productive management units” will set the guidelines to be followed by the social property communal enterprises.
The objective of all this idiocy is to promote “socially just consumption.”
The current assembly has a big incentive to complete the legal underpinnings of Chavez’s communist utopia where he’s forever the only rooster in the coop.
The days when Chavez and gang could do whatever they wished in the legislature will soon begin a new phase in which obstruction, conflict and gridlock could prevail.
But if 100% of the regime’s new federal/communal structure is firmly in place legally before end-2010, Chavez may decide to ignore the new assembly, or perhaps fiscally strangle the opposition’s districts, or order his AG and his Sebin (formerly Disip) political cops to persecute select opposition figures.
Although he lost the popular vote in last Sunday’s elections, Chavez is unlikely to tilt towards conciliation. He made that clear during yesterday’s televised presser with the foreign/local news media.