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Venezuela Hands Narrow Defeat to Chávez Plan

Posted by Atilla89 on December 4, 2007

Score one of the Venezuelan people! Read the whole thing here. Just yesterday:

Voters in this country narrowly defeated a proposed overhaul to the constitution in a contentious referendum over granting President Hugo Chávez sweeping new powers, the Election Commission announced early Monday.

This is great news because it is one stop back towards demorcracy (although don’t expect it anytime soon). It shows that Chaves is not invincible is his own country and that people are unhappy with him (which is good for anyone in the Western world). These new powers that Chaves wanted would have turned Venezaela into something very (can’t stress that enough) similar to a dictatorship

It was the first major electoral defeat in the nine years of his presidency. Voters rejected the 69 proposed amendments 51 to 49 percent. The political opposition erupted into celebration, shooting fireworks into the air and honking car horns, when electoral officials announced the results at 1:20 a.m. The nation had remained on edge since polls closed Sunday afternoon and the wait for results began. The outcome is a stunning development in a country where Mr. Chávez and his supporters control nearly all of the levers of power. Almost immediately after the results were broadcast on state television, Mr. Chávez conceded defeat, describing the results as a “photo finish.”

The defeat slows Mr. Chávez’s socialist-inspired transformation of the country. Venezuela, once a staunch ally of the United States, has become a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policies in the developing world. It has also taken the most profound leftward turn of any large Latin American nation in decades.

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