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Chavez “To Run” For An Illegal Third Term

Meanwhile our one party media is ignoring these joyous tidings from Hugo’s acolytes in the Soviet Union Russia at the Moscow Kommersant:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters at the beginning of his re-election campaign in Caracas, August 12, 2006. Chavez on Saturday formally registered his candidacy for re-election ahead of the December elections.

Chavez Ready for 3rd Term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez officially announced the beginning of his re-election campaign in Caracas. Chavez formally registered his candidacy for re-election on Saturday and headed for Cuba Sunday to celebrate the 80th anniversary of President Fidel Castro.

On Saturday, roughly 25,000 people dressed in the red color of Hugo Chavez supporters, filled the square in Caracas near the Central Election Commission. Chavez told the crowd he would rally for the presidency vote slated for December 3.

The Constitution of Venezuela provides for no more than two presidential terms in a row. But Chavez first became president in 1998, i.e. in time of the previous Constitution, so there are no formal hurdles that could prevent the president from this year’s election campaign.

Well-aware of it, the fractured opposition of Venezuela chose a unity candidate past week to oppose Hugo Chavez. It is Zulia’s State Governor Manuel Rosales, the most ardent opponent of Chavez social reforms. But exactly those reforms, including using the crude oil dollars to back up public health and eliminate illiteracy are very popular with Venezuela’s poor.

In view of the almost inevitable failure, the opposition could boycott the elections. But this move may have a boomerang effect. They boycotted parliamentary elections past December, and Hugo Chavez consolidated all legislative power in the country. Moreover, Chavez has vowed he won’t tolerate the boycott and rebuff by a social and political counterattack. The previous promise was to hold national referendum in case of boycott and win the presidency mandate up to 2012 as a result, the analysts recalled, signaling the president obviously thinks different now.

It’s nice to see that Chavez has come up with a new way to explain how his "President for life" claims, despite Venezuela’s constitution.

But even his pals at the Associated Press reported Chavez’s true thinking just last May:

Chavez wants vote on governing until ‘31

CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years.

Speaking at a stadium packed with supporters in central Lara state, Chavez said he would hold a referendum to put the question of his remaining in office to Venezuelans if the opposition pulls out of upcoming presidential elections.

"I am going to ask you, all the people, if you agree with Chavez being president until 2031," he said.

It was not clear if Chavez was talking about holding a legally binding vote to eliminate term limits or proposing a plebiscite.

Chavez said Friday that he said he might seek "indefinite" re-election through a referendum if the opposition boycotts the presidential vote…

In any case it’s clear that Hugo intends to follow the Castro model in this as in all other things.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 14th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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