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Freedom House Urges Constitutional Transition of Power in Venezuela

Washington

Freedom House today released the following statement regarding the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez:

“With the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Freedom House urges the government in Caracas to follow the steps laid out in the Venezuelan constitution which states that, in the case of a permanent absence of the president, the leader of the National Assembly should temporarily assume the presidency and elections must be called in 30 days. Freedom House calls on the government and the opposition to commit themselves to ensuring a fair and democratic campaign and election and a peaceful presidential transition.  We extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chavez for their loss."

Venezuela is rated Partly Free in the 2013 edition of the Freedom in the World survey, Partly Free in the 2012 edition of the Freedom of the Net survey, and Not Free in the 2012 edition of Freedom of the Press survey.

To learn more about Venezuela, visit:

Freedom in the World 2013: Venezuela

Freedom of the Press 2012: Venezuela

Freedom on the Net 2012: Venezuela

Blog: Modern Election Rigging in Ukraine and Venezuela

Press Release: Freedom House Condemns Venezuela’s Indefinite Delay of Chavez Inauguration as Unconstitutional

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