CARACAS, Wednesday January 09, 2013 | Update

Capriles: Court decision solves nothing but a problem in Chávez's party

For Henrique Capriles Radonski, the ruling of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice to support the "administrative continuity" of President Hugo Chávez's Government "fails to dispell uncertainty" in Venezuela

"Enough of threats and hatred! Venezuelans are tired of intimidation," he said during a press conference (Handout photo)
Wednesday January 09, 2013  07:30 PM
Governor of Miranda state Henrique Capriles demanded the leaders of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) "to respect their own followers and million Venezuelans who think differently." Reference was made to the threats posed by government spokespersons through state-owned media against opposition leaders.

"Enough of threats and hatred! Venezuelans are tired of intimidation," he said during a press conference.

Capriles added that the opposition "does not seek confrontation or fights between one sector and the other." "Make no mistake about this. We in the opposition are determined to engage in dialogue, while you are playing games with the situation facing Venezuela," Capriles warned the leaders of President Hugo Chávez's party.

"We (dissenters) are not going to ask one sector to hit the streets to confront the other sector. I want to make clear that this is not a sign of weakness. We have built a path leading to a better country," he reiterated.

According to Capriles, the ruling issued on Wednesday by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) endorsing the thesis of "administrative continuity" of Chávez's Government and determining that Chávez does not need to take oath again for his new presidential term "fails to dispell uncertainty" in Venezuela.

"The Justices of the Constitutional Court, TSJ, made a decision to solve a problem facing the ruling party," he said.

He said the Venezuelan Government has come to a halt, and warned the National Assembly, "you have no more excuses for not solving the problems of Venezuelans."

Capriles also referred to the events to be staged by the PSUV on January 10 and said that not all Latin American presidents would attend such political acts.

"They (the Executive Office) made all the arrangements and begged for them to take part in a political act because they do not want to discuss the problem facing Venezuelans," he said.
Gagging Twitter users

Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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