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Sunday, November 30, 2008
By Steven L. Taylor

Anyone with even passing knowledge of Venezuelan politics had to know that after his defeat at the polls last December that Hugo Chávez would make another run at a re-election amendment.

Via the AP: Chavez seeks reform for indefinite re-election

President Hugo Chavez is asking supporters to propose a constitutional reform that would allow him to seek indefinite re-election.

Chavez, who was first elected in 1998, is barred from running again when his term expires in 2013.

However, he only wants 6 more years (or so he says):

Chavez on Sunday said he would stay in office until 2019 if voters abolished the term limits.

However, the BBC report clouds the 2019 question, quoting the President:

“I am ready, and if I am healthy, God willing, I will be with you until 2019, until 2021,” he said.

Well, that clears it up. (Reuters goes with 2021).

At any rate, the BBC reports states that unlike the package of amendments proposed last year, this would be a single measure focused on the re-election question.

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One Response to “Chávez Seeks Indefinite Re-election (Yet Again)”

  1. Barry Says:

    Well, Chavez has been having a problem getting things through the voters (odd, for an alleged dictator). And with the 50% reduction in oil prices, I imagine that his stock hasn’t gone up with them, either.


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