Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Venezuelans Are Much Smarter than Sean Penn...

Sorry Hugo, your bid for a Castro and Saddam-esque Dictatorship has been defeated. I am sure the narrow margin was the result of Teamster-style finesse at the polls...

"President Hugo Chavez was narrowly defeated today in a referendum on his wish to run for re-election as President of Venezuela indefinitely.

Voters said "no" by 51 per cent to 49 per cent to reforms that would have, among other things, freed him from presidential term limits, scrapped the autonomy of the central bank and given him control over foreign currency reserves, swelled by soaring oil revenues.

Mr Chávez, 53, has been President for nine years and has a mandate to remain in power until 2013 but he said that he was prepared to remain until 2050 to forge his new "socialist republic".

While Mr Chavez remains powerful and popular, it was his first ballot box loss since he first swept into office nine years ago after failing to seize power in a 1992 military coup." (source)

Maybe Naomi Campbell, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, and Harry Belafonte can all go back down to comfort him...

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