Venezuela's Chavez wins vote to allow re-election

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    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez won the right to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections in a referendum vote on Sunday that bolsters support for his socialist and anti-U.S. policies.

    Electoral authorities said 54 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment to remove limits on re-election and allow Chavez to stay in office until he is defeated at the ballot box in the OPEC nation. Forty-six percent voted "No."

    The margin of victory was larger than expected after opinion polls before the vote had given Chavez only a slim lead.

    Chavez, whose current term ends in 2013, has already been in power for 10 years and his win in this referendum win helps clear the way for him to fulfill stated his declared goal of ruling for decades.

    The victory on Sunday allows Chavez, 54, to put behind him a damaging vote loss in 2007, when his first attempt to remove constitutional restraints on his extended rule was defeated.

    Venezuela's Chavez wins vote to allow re-election | International | Reuters
     
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    in other words he cheated.
     
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    Even better, guys with guns at the ballot box. Who needs machines when you can be so open about it? :eusa_eh:
     
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    So then, will our new leader have the political will to deal with the now ruler of Venezuela? I highly doubt it. In fact I will bet that Chavez will be lauded in some circles of the left wing.
     
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    Anyone that hates Bush is - with a few exceptions - fine by the American left however much of a thug he is otherwise.
     
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    There is a reason our rules make it very hard to amend the Constitution. This is how countries elect dictators. Venezuelans will find this out in time.
     
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    So when are we going to hear about the Chavez death squads? I see mass graves for the dissenters in Venezuela's future.
     
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    I've bolded the biased terms used in the article to imply that Chavez is a dictator. Of course, what's most ironic is that Chavez was elected to his office (while Bush's "elections" were dubious, to say the least), and survived a recall election, while most political analysts agree that Bush would not have survived a recall late in his term. But the U.S., the allegedly shining beacon of democracy, has no option to recall a president. Chavez won a vote of the citizenry in a national referendum (there are no national referendums in the U.S., of course), to permit the people to elect him in the future, thereby removing a restriction on democracy.
     
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    It's interesting you say that when you consider that the government AMENDED the constitution to get term limits.
     

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