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Monday, December 03, 2007 

Venezuelan Voters Reject Chavez's Constitutional Reforms

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has narrowly lost a referendum on controversial constitutional changes. The Venezuelan people rejected the reforms, which included allowing a president to stand indefinitely for re-election, by 51% of the vote to 49%, officials said.

-ABC News
-BBC World

I'm impressed that Chavez actually conducted a referendum on this. Taking a pessimistic view, though, if I was an evil despot I might have done the same. If I won the referendum it would lend a democratic patina to my rule. If I lost I would cook up a "national emergency" (e.g., "CNN is trying to assasinate me") to override the results.

If he does keep to the terms, I promise I will refer to him as a tyrant much less than before.

So now we also wait to see if George Bush creates an 'emergency' with Iran so that elections in Nov 08 have to be 'postponed'.

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