Over the past few weeks, the Venezuelan ruling party and Hugo Chavez have been consolidating power and embellishing the already far reaching role of the Executive Office.  Opposition parties were relatively successful in Venezuela’s most recent National Assembly elections; therefore, Chavez will face increased opposition when the new Assembly convenes.  This is a good thing for democracy, but not for Chavez. 

Before the new Assembly can take their seats, the ruling party has been working to

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