Estados Unidos de Venezuela
  • J. Scott Keltie
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The Republic of Venezuela was formed in 1830, by secession from the other members of the Free State founded by Simon Bolivar within the limits of the Spanish colony of New Granada. The charter of fundamental laws actually in force, dating from 1830, and re-proclaimed, with alterations, on March 28, 1864, and April 1881, is designed on the model of the Constitution of the United States of America, but with considerably more independence secured to provincial and local government. At the head of the central executive government is the President, elected for the term of 6 years, exercising his functions through six ministers, and a Federal Council of 19 members. The Federal Council is appointed by the Congress every two years; the Council from its own members, choose a President, who is also President of the Republic. Neither the President nor members of the Federal Council can be re-elected for the following period. The President has no veto power. The legislation for the whole Republic is vested in a Congress of two Houses, called the Senate (two senators for each of the States, districts, &c.) and the House of Representatives (one to every 40,000 of population). The Senators are elected for 6 years by the Legislature of each State, and the Representatives for a like period by ‘popular, direct, and public election.’ The Congresses of States are elected by universal suffrage. There are 40 Senators and 52 Representatives. In May, 1904, a new Constitution, the 15th since the creation of the Republic, was promulgated. It contains important articles respecting the rights of foreigners in Venezuela.


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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Venezuela

Official Publications

  1. Respecting the Question of the Boundary of British Guiana and Venezuela: Correspondence between the Governments of Great Britain and the United States with respect to Proposals for Arbitration (United States, No. 2, 1896); Documents and Correspondence (Venezuela, No. 1, 1896); Maps to accompany Documents (Venezuela, No. 1, 1896, Appendix No. III.); Errata in “Venezuela No. I.” (Venezuela, No. 2, 1896); Further Documents (Venezuela, No. 3, 1896); Case on the Part of British Government (Venezuela, No. 1, 1899); Counter-case on the Part of British Government (Venezuela, No. 2, 1899); Argument on the Part of British Government (Venezuela, No. 3, 1899); Case. Counter-case, and Argument on the Part of Venezuela (Venezuela, Nos. 4, 5, and 6, 1899); Award of the Tribunal of Arbitration (Venezuela, No. 7, 1899). London, 1896 and 1899. Gaceta Oficial. Daily, Caracas.Google Scholar
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