Chavez to abolish controversial law

June 11th, 2008 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Caracas, June 11 (Xinhua) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced he will rescind a newly introduced law that had kept government supporters and the opposition in confrontation for 13 days since its promulgation. “I admit that mistakes were made with this law,” Chavez said Tuesday, referring to the National Law of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Chavez made the announcement during a meeting at the Palace of Miraflores with representatives from the Orinoco Siderurgy, an Argentine enterprise which was nationalised May 12.

On May 28, the leftist leader had decreed the controversial law that sparked a strong protest from opposition parties, who claimed that the law was made to target dissidents.

Chavez said his government was truly socialist, which would not allow or tolerate the persecution of citizens. However, he admitted the intelligence law is contrary to the the country’s constitution.

“This is a government respecting human rights, that is why we drop this law,” Chavez said.

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