Hugo Chavez Essay

781 Words Dec 20th, 2012 4 Pages
POLS 3322
Write an essay that answers the following question: Do you consider Venezuela, under Hugo Chavez (1998-2012), a democratic country?

The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, had been reelected as the democratic leader; however, his behavior seems to be apart, and in some respects against the fundamental principles of democracy. Analyzing Hugo Chavez’s actions, and the changes made under his authority, it appears that the transformation of Venezuela less under democracy and resembling more as a dictatorship- an autocratic form of government in which a government is ruled by an individual. Hugo Chavez used his political agenda to oppose critical discussion, and to manipulate the Law. In 1998, Chavez formed the
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He did this through careful selection of delegates, rationing candidates from his coalition, and the use of “kino cardboards” which allowed him to see the choose the districts that would increase his chances of winning. (101 Crowding out the opp) These practices are unfair and undemocratic. Chávez has taken advantage of his authority in order to maintain his position, which reinforced his hold on power and providing himself with a longer rule. Chavez used the electoral system to his advantage, accumulating more power over Venezuela’s governmental institutions. An example is the questionable act of Chavez in 2008 when he dissolved the Fifth Republic Movement, and created the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. This political party remains the strongest party in Venezuela, which is completely under the reign of Chavez himself. The ruling party has fewer chances of sharing seats with minority parties while the majorities are also in favor of the electoral process. In the United States, each branch of government is responsible to ensure no branch has more power over the other branches. In contrast, the executive branch in Venezuela under Chavez maintains overwhelming power over the nonexecutive branches. The president seems to be the sole actor, for he acts without legislative approval, which diminishes the influence of opposition. Furthermore, in 2004, the Organic Law of the Supreme Court was passed. This law enlarged the Supreme Court, and makes
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