Monday, December 03, 2007

Venezuela Wins Referendum

Venezuela, originally uploaded by ddbsweasel.

PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez had lost a referendum on whether he could run indefinitely for re-election, Venezuela's National Electoral Council said today.

Mr Chavez had 49.29 per cent of the vote compared with 50.7 per cent for the "no" camp.

The leftist sought approval for a raft of constitutional changes to increase presidential powers, advance his self-styled revolution and consolidate a socialist state for the OPEC nation.

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