Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Ninja, Dec 3, 2007.
Good day for Venezuelans :-D
I tried waiting up for the results, had to give up at 10! Woke up to find this news! Good day!
Good for democracy. And good that Chavez has stated he will abide by the decision.
Considering the voting equipment, he must have lost by more than 2%, those results were many hours later than they should have been.
I have no idea what system they use. Here we have paper ballots. But then the whole country here is only 21 m. in total and about 13 m. electors (we have compulsory voting) so I have no idea how long theirs should have taken. Anyway, his actions post-vote will be interesting.
all new, all electronic. Compulsory voting? What happens if you don't vote?
Wanna bet he does NOT abide by the vote? I predict this referundem will appear again and again until 2011 and if it fails each time he will seize power.
There goes the neocons wet dream out the window. Poor old Dumbya must be spitting tacks....
If Venezuelan conservatives are smart, they will pick out those parts of Chavez' program which could genuinely help to lift the poor out of their poverty, and incorporate them into their own platform. Because of their (historically temporary) oil wealth, Venezuealans have a unique opportunity to become a modern society. Their money should go first of all into education.
Conservatives must be the people who defend liberty, and a society with opportunities for everyone, not the people who defend privilege. Until we can transform Latin America along the Chilean model -- a successful capitalist society with steady economic growth -- we are going to see an endless series of Leftist demagogues popping up.
What a relief. I thought this vote would probably go the other way. Some Venezuelans have come to their senses. Chavez got 63 percent of the last presidential vote. It is scary to note that 48 or 49 percent wanted Hugo for life. That bullet just barely missed.
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