Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Vzla: Accept the recall signatures!

CARACAS, Venezuela - A chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court on Monday ordered election authorities to accept more than 870,000 disputed signatures on a petition to recall President Hugo Chavez.

But squabbles within the Supreme Court mean the order by the three-justice electoral chamber may be tough to implement immediately.

Last month, the court's five-justice constitutional chamber ruled the three-justice electoral panel did not have the authority to decide matters concerning the recall.

The electoral chamber has asked the full 20-justice court to settle the dispute. Until then, the National Elections Council is unlikely to implement Monday's decision, electoral chamber president Alberto Martini said.

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