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May 08, 2006

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Factory

Hmm atm he has only said that he 'might' do it and then only if the opposition doesn't stand against him.

"It goes without saying that the grateful Venezuelan masses will overwhelmingly endorse El Presidente's 25-year term"
It does? While the public has been with him for his previous elections, a 25 year term is another thing altogether, I don't think that it is a done deal.

Abiola

"Hmm atm he has only said that he 'might' do it and then only if the opposition doesn't stand against him."

How generous of the man to offer himself for another quarter of a decade of autocracy if the opposition fails to play along in his electoral charades ... Is such a proposal a legitimate reaction to a boycott in your eyes?

"While the public has been with him for his previous elections, a 25 year term is another thing altogether, I don't think that it is a done deal."

Tell me who counts the votes in Venezuela again? El Presidente will win the support of 125% of the population, guaranteed.

You sound incredibly naive, I must say. Perhaps it takes living through such shams under thugs like Babangida and Abacha to permanently inoculate one against being taken in by such rhetoric. The only way Chavez will ever leave power is in a lead box.

Wayne

The distressing aspect should be that once he finishes ripping up parts of the Venezuelan economy he'll inevitably blame someone or something else.

Unfortunately the numbers that will utterly believe him when he does so is the real cause for distress, much like many Russians who reminisce for 'the good old days' of Stalin.

Julian Elson

I used to be willing to take a more "wait and hope" approach to Chavez's autocrat status, given the strength of Venezuala's democratic tradition in comparison to most South American states, international monitoring of elections, etc.

With this, though, it seems you've been right: Chavez wants to be a president-for-life, and he's following a course that will take him there.

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