Source: Resumen Latinoamericano – TeleSurTV / The Dawn / December 7, 2015.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) delivered on Sunday the results of the parliamentary elections in Venezuela. The Great Patriotic Pole (GPP) obtained a partial total of 55 deputies, while Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) reached 107.*
Candidates of Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) propose changes in legislation and institutions that represent a substantial setback of the people’s rights. Their proposal for the new National Assembly, which they call a “legislative proposal for change”, emphasizes primarily on the corporate agenda.
The plan of Democratic Unity Roundtable includes a center point: to remove State control of the delivery of public services, which currently are subsidized, replacing it for strategic partnerships with private or mixed companies by granting concessions, which t is nothing more than privatization of public services.
In housing, they propose a law with the concept of “seed households” that would bring back the housing plans of the governments of the former Fourth Republic (the neoliberal model of the 90s). These consisted of an unfinished building of a house structure, so that the receiver would take up debt with private banks to complete the construction.
On the same topic, they intend to grant land-ownership titles to the beneficiaries of the Great Housing Mission of Venezuela (GMVV). Currently, the titles of this programme, are owned collectively. President of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello said last November that to award the title of individual housing would mean that houses could be capitalized, and the recipients will lose it when they are mortgaged to the bank.
On pensions, the opposition promises something that has already been fulfilled by the Venezuelan government: standardization of pensions to an amount equal to the minimum wage and including in the social security system those workers (drivers, farmers, fishermen, housewives) who were never listed before or who don’t have the minimum amount of deductions to enjoy the pension.
On the topic of work, José Guerra, MUD candidate and economic adviser, stressed that his party intends to eliminate the reduced work hours and free days of workers, covered by the Labour Law. He also proposes the need to “focus” social investment, because in his view, the government has “a crazy spending” in this area, that promotes inflation.
It should be noted that the Bolivarian government, despite the drop in oil prices, keeps a social investment reaching over 60 percent of the national budget, a percentage that ensures health, education, food and job security for the population. Another significant fact is the enactment of an Amnesty and Reconciliation Law to free political offenders prosecuted for their role in various crimes.
For example, this is the case of Leopoldo Lopez, who was sentenced last September to 13 years in prison for his role in the protests that were carried out as part of a plan for a coup, that left 43 dead, and for the offenses of arson, public incitement, damage to public property and conspiracy.
Implement an Act for a full supply program. The opposition candidates have not specified how to carry out this program. For its part, the Government of Venezuela has guaranteed food supply through Mercal, Pdval and Bicentennial Abasto network at subsidized prices, in the face of the economic war of food shortages. As of March 2015, over 120 tons of food had been distributed throughout the country. At least 20 million people have benefited from this measure. Perhaps the opposition intends to talk with their friends who are causing the food shortages to tell them they can stop now.