The Venezuelan president called on his party to initiate the debates to achieve the reforms that would keep him in power.
"Chávez quiere una enmienda constitucional para permitir su reelección" [El País (Spanish)] "El presidente venezolano pide a su partido que inicie los debates para lograr la reforma que le perpetúe en el poder"
Sunday, November 30, 2008
After various insults and threats before the elections...and after trying to claim an advance in his Bolivarian Revolution despite the opposition winning in the three most important states (in population terms) —"Zulia, Miranda and Carabobo—together with metropolitan Caracas and four of the capital’s five districts" [Economist]...and after last year's attempts to have the constitution changed to allow [his] re-election (narrowly defeated in a referendum)...and after this week claiming he would not 'personally' seek to remove the constitutional bar on more than two terms which would force him out - from the presidency at least - by Jan 2013 claiming that he could not stop someone else doing it...well he couldn't wait even one week: today in another objectionable oration, he called upon his party saying he "wants a constitutional amendment to permit his re-election".
Posted by Span Ows at 8:13 pm