Chavez Votes Himself Prez For Life
The Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has anointed himself president for life by proposing sweeping changes to the country’s constitution.
“We have broken the chains of the old, exploitative capitalist system,” said Chavez. “The state now has the obligation to build the model of a socialist economy.”
While the president was talking about “the death of capitalism” in Venezuela, the opposition were lamenting what they called the death of democracy.
“The president just tells lies,” said Manuel Rosales, the opposition leader defeated in last year’s presidential elections. “All he wants to do is turn himself into president for life.”
The changes will make Venezuela yet more dependent on its oil sector, which thanks to high oil prices and some of the largest reserves outside the Middle East, ensures Chavez is awash with “petrodollars”.
The armed forces, which have already adopted the salute “Fatherland, socialism or death”, will have their mission enshrined as being “patriotic and anti-imperialist” in their defense of Venezuela against the United States, which considers Chavez a threat to its influence in the region.
As Chavez’s speech drew to a close he said: “I doubt there is any country on this planet with a democracy more alive than the one we enjoy in Venezuela today.”
Do the people of Venezuela want be ruled by a socialist dictator or do they want freedom? It appears we will know soon enough.
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