May 07, 2006

President -- for life

From the "What A Surprise" dept.: Chavez Proposes Referendum to Stay President Until 2031.

President Hugo Chavez said that if opposition parties boycott December's presidential election he would call a referendum asking voters to decide whether he should govern Venezuela for the next 25 years.

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

The Venezuelan Constitution allows a president to be re-elected only once in immediate succession. Chavez is eligible for re-election to another six-year term in December, but if he wins he wouldn't be able to run again in 2012.

It wasn't clear if Chavez, 51, was talking about holding a legally binding vote to eliminate limits on re-election or proposing a plebiscite. Before Chavez took the stage, thousands of his supporters chanted: "Oh, no! Chavez won't go!"

And once (if) this happens, how long do you think it'll take Chavez to hold a subsequent referendum to make him President ... for life? My guess: Not very long at all.

See also here.

(h/t: Xrlq.)

Posted by Felix at May 7, 2006 11:24 AM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

No, no. You guys have it all wrong! It is WE who have the leader who wants to be a dictator for life. Right? Right??

Truth is more entertaining than fiction, isn't it.

Posted by: Delathought at May 7, 2006 01:08 PM

shhh

don't tell dana, he will turn himself into a pretzel explaining how this is the true path of democracy...

Posted by: any mouse at May 10, 2006 05:09 PM

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