Caracas, 09 May. AVN.- In order to consolidate peace and stability of the country, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro appointed a Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly, to define, together with popular power and social sectors, the criteria for creation and functioning of that body, where social, political, cultural, and political bases of the Republic will be discussed, revised and refined.
Also during discussions with the commission chaired by Elias Jaua, the different social, political and economic sectors of the country raised their proposals to strengthen and perfect the Constitution of 1999, approved by the sovereign people.
This commission is made up of Aristobulo Isturiz, Hermann Escarra, Isaias Rodriguez, Earle Herrera, Cilia Flores, Delcy Rodriguez, Iris Varela, Noeli Pocaterra, Francisco Ameliah, Elvis Amoroso and Reinaldo Munoz.
During seven days after the process to activate the National Constituent Assembly was called by President Maduro, in accordance with his constitutional powers established in articles 347 and 348 of the Magna Carta, representatives from various sectors of the country, as well as organized popular power have held assemblies, forums and meetings.
These meetings, held in the White Palace and the Miraflores presidential palace, have been attended by organized women, community members, farmers, fishermen, cultural practitioners, students, businessmen, workers, religious people, parties of the Great Patriotic Pole and opposition, as well as rectors of private and public universities and representatives of the old adults, people with disabilities and youth, among others.
In the meeting with women, they called on Venezuelan females, without distinction of political preference, to join this process that will lay the constitutional bases of Venezuela’s future
The student sector, on the other hand, pledged to defend the fee-free policy and high quality of education at the Constituent debate.
On the other hand, the cultural practitioners, artists and intellectuals proposed to reinforce the national identity and the defense of Venezuelan values.
Workers, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities and indigenous people stated that the rights achieved in 18 years of Bolivarian Revolution should be strengthened in this Constituent assembly, a project promoted by Commander Hugo Chavez that made these sectors visible.
The promotion of dialogue, respect for constitutional order and the call for political synderesis, as well as criticism of the call, were part of the proposals put forward by 18 opposition parties.
Also, religious representatives called for peace given the violence unleashed in recent days by sectors of the extreme right.
This process, which opens the way for Venezuelans to once again revise, debate and define the bases of the State in economic, political and social terms, rests upon the concept of the constituent power, that is empowered to give origin and form to the republic to which the citizens aspire. In Venezuela, this power rests on the people, who in 1999 was the architect of the current constitution, which enshrines principles such as participatory and protagonist democracy.
The Constitution provides for in Article 347 the recognition of the original power: «The people of Venezuela are the depository of the original constituent power. In exercising that power, it may convene a National Constituent Assembly with the purpose of transforming the State, creating a new legal system and drafting a new Constitution.»
The Constituent Assembly, in accordance with article 348 of the Constitution, may be convened by the President of the Republic, in Council of Ministers; the National Assembly, by agreement of two-thirds of its members; the Municipal Councils in cabildo, by the vote of two thirds of them; or fifteen percent of the voters registered on the electoral roll.
The central issues raised for the debate in the Constituent Assembly are peace as a nation’s need, right and yearning; to improve the national economic system; to constitutionalize missions and great social missions as systems to protect the people; and to expand the powers of the justice system to eradicate impunity.
Likewise, it is proposed to discuss the constitutionalization of the new forms of participatory and protagonist democracy; defense of sovereignty and the integrity of the nation and protection from foreign interventionism; vindication of the pluricultural character of the homeland; guarantee of the future, by including a chapter on the rights of youth; and preservation of life on the planet.

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