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Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

Chavez wins vote to scrap term limits

February 16, 2009

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— President Hugo Chavez won a referendum to eliminate term limits Sunday and vowed to remain in power for at least another decade to complete his socialist revolution. Opponents accepted defeat but said Chavez is becoming a dictator.

Fireworks exploded in the sky and caravans of supporters celebrated in the streets, waving red flags and honking horns. Thousands of people gathered outside Miraflores Palace, where the former paratroop commander appeared on a balcony to sing the national anthem and address the crowd.

“Those who voted ‘yes’ today voted for socialism, for revolution,” Chavez said. He called the victory — which allows all public officials to run for re-election indefinitely — a mandate to speed his transformation of Venezuela into a socialist state.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Chavez still needs to win the election in 2012. So it's time for the opposition to quit obsessing about Chavez, and actually offer a viable alternative. Shouldn't be that hard, should it?

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