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Sunday, May 07, 2006

El Presidente

Interesting, but not surprising, news from South America:
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years.
Chavez is an old school totalitarian dictator. Chavez admires Castro and wants to take Venezuela down the same road. Like most despots, what he's really after is power and wealth. I wondered how Chavez was going to further consolidate his power and make himself dictator for life. Now we know.

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 would not be able to run again in 2012.
Venezuala, with its oil weath, makes it ripe for the picking. Castro is said to be worth a few billion dollars. I'm confident that Chavez will soon pass his mentor on the net worth list.

As they say, some animals are more equal than others.

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