Livia Rodriguez Delis
Caracas, August 4
With the installation of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Venezuela is starting a new stage of the revolutionary process established in 1999 by late president Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) under the anti-imperialist precepts of Liberator Simon Bolivar.
Prior to the official beginning of the debates at the venue of the national Parliament, all 545 ANC members opened working sessions with the objective of solving the difficult economic, political and social situation in this South American country.
Their strategies will be guided by nine goals instructed by the Bolivarian government on the basis of the 2013-2019 Homeland Plan, Chavez’s political will, in order to speed up the transition to socialism and to restore the people’s power.
Among those ANC guidelines are the promotion of peace talks, the reaffirmation of the values of justice, non-impunity and the improvement of the processes established in 1999 Constitution.
Another issue is the development of a post-oil economic system by boosting a diversified, mixed, comprehensive and integrating productive economy. As part of that process, a group of concepts, standards and constitutional mandates will be implemented.
In addition to guaranteeing the state of social welfare through the missions and grand missions, the establishment in the Constitution of obligations to invest in the national revenues and budget will prevent that people’s benefits like housing, health care, education and culture can be affected in the future.
Add to that the contextualization of new forms of participative, leading and direct democracy in which the communes, the communal councils and the supply and production committees, known as CLAP, will play a key role.
On the other hand, it highlights the need to boost a system of justice, security and protection of the people, with new more severe sentences for crimes like violence, kidnapping, homicide and related crimes.
Regarding the sovereign foreign policy, the assembly members will debate the mechanisms for the defense of national sovereignty, the nation’s integrity and the rejection of interventionism.
In fact, according to analysts, Venezuela is currently facing a military threat from the United States with shades of economic and financial warfare.
In order to achieve its goal, Washington designed an intervention plan that includes, in addition to diplomatic attacks by 13 other countries, mostly from the region, the creation of an institutional conflict promoted by the National Assembly and the Public Ministry to undermine the Venezuelan State’s political, economic and financial sovereignty, experts said.
Despite that adverse situation, which is one of the aspects from which the new National Constituent Assembly differs from that of 1998, the new lawmakers will also join their efforts in defense of cultural identity by reinforcing the values of a new Venezuelan idiosyncrasy and spirituality that represents the country’s cultural diversity.
Likewise, they will take actions to guarantee the future of the new generations; that is, a future in which youths will have access to their social, cultural, technological, labor and educational rights.
Lastly, the constituent agenda includes the drawing up of constitutional laws to contribute to preserving life on Earth and saving the human species. In that regard, it is necessary to build an eco-socialist economic productive model based on a harmonic relationship between humans and nature to make a better, rational and optimal use of natural resources.