Hugo Chavez Calls for New US Constitution
for 24-Hours of Propaganda
"We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world.”
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said it was the capitalist system that caused the financial crisis in the United States and the country should come up with a new constitution.
Speaking to reporters in Lisbon on the last leg of a tour that included visits to Cuba, China, Russia and France, he said: "I think the United States should start a constituent process to create a constituent assembly, a new truly democratic model."
A constituent assembly is a body elected to draft and sometimes adopt a new constitution.
"I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet.”
"It was capitalism that caused the ruin" in the United States, said Chavez, who is one of Washington's fiercest critics, calling the financial crunch "the worst financial crisis in history".
"Let the U.S. empire end and let a great nation and great republic rise from the ruin ... It's time to shout 'Liberty!' again in the United States," Chavez said, calling for a new government to be free of the "dictatorship of the elite" such as big banks and corporations.
Chavez, who has signed various deals from weapons to energy this week in China and Russia also signed an agreement with Portugal's Socialist government on Saturday to buy 1 million ultra-cheap laptops for schools and 50,000 pre-fabricated houses in deals worth $3 billion.
“I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.”
They also signed a draft deal between Energias do Portugal and Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA for the development of a liquefied natural gas project from the Blanquilla Este reserve in northern Venezuela.
The computers, which the government started distributing in Portuguese primary schools this week at a subsidised price of 50 euros , will be delivered to Venezuela from December. They cost 285 euros in stores in Portugal.
The laptop is based on Intel Corp's lassmate PC, a cheap computer that has been adopted in various formats in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia.