Monday, December 03, 2007

The news from Caracas: it's No!

Could this be the beginning of the end for Hugo Chavez?

Despite a massive (and expensive) government campaign calling for a Yes vote, 51 per cent of those Venezuelans who voted in the much-hyped referendum this weekend have given the thumbs down to the proposed amendments to the constitution.

As you can read in this report, the proposed changes would have allowed Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely, control Venezuela's foreign currency reserves, appoint loyalists over regional elected officials and censor the media if he declares an emergency.

Clearly, most Venezuelans think Chavez has gone one step too far, especially following his comments that he wanted to "rule for life" - and turn the country into a socialist state, along Cuban lines.

It's enough (almost) to restore your faith in the good sense of Latin American voters.

And yes, we await with great interest for the Castro regime's response.


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