Reports on the party affiliation of a current Senator and former journalist, his public office history, and relation to the state security agencies DIM or DISIP [VEN35496.E]

No references to a specific former Venezuelan journalist or to current senators in Venezuela could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

The National Electoral Council of Venezuela (CNE) reports that the National Assembly of the country is unicameral and has no senators (CNE September 2000). The Venezuelan daily El Universal reports in its political archives that the bi-cameral Congress was replaced by a 21-member National Legislative Commission in December 1999, until the election of a new unicameral Congress on 30 July 2000 and its inauguration on 14 August 2000 (El Universal n.d.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE), Caracas. September 2000. "Resultados Elecciones 2000." [Accessed 22 Sept. 2000]

El Universal [Caracas]. N.d. "Poderes Públicos." [Accessed 22 Sept. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

El Nacional [Caracas]. Searchable archives. 1996-Sept. 2000.

El Universal [Caracas]. Searchable archives.

Global NewsBank. Jan.-Sept. 1996.

IRB Databases.

Latin American Regional Reports: Andean Group [London]. 1998-Sept. 2000.

Refworld. [Caracas]. Searchable archives. 1997-Sept. 2000.

World News Connection (WNC).

Internet search engines.


This list is not exhaustive. Subject and country-specific publications available at the Resource Centre are not included.