National Constituent Assembly does not propose to make a new Constitution

The National Constituent Assembly does not propose to make a new Constitution, as assured the constitutional lawyer, Isaías Rodríguez.

He explained that it is possible that in the debate, where all the factors that influence national life should be involved, if it is considered appropriate would be reformed some of the issues raised in the Magna Carta, “But not in order to demean it, but to include some elements within it ” He added.

Rodríguez, appointed by the Head of State as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly, explains that this path was chosen to avoid a civil war.

On the process of convening this instance of dialogue he ensured that, unlike in 1999, there is no need to hold a referendum for the President’s request to be processed by the National Electoral Council (CNE).

The difference is that the (previous) Constitution of 1961 did not had the mechanisms contemplated in articles 347 and 348 of the current Magna Carta.

The Electoral Power must receive the request made by the President and must carry out an electoral process, with a universal and direct voting, in order to choose the members of the National Constituent Assembly.

Regarding the disqualification of the convening made by sectors of the opposition, and the manipulation of the national and international media who pose this calling as a coup d’ etat, he said that behind this action there is no “political play.”

“The President is risking the entire Chavismo process with this calling. Because if by some circumstance the opposition would have a majority in the National Constituent Assembly, they could annul the current Constitution”, he said.