January 22, 2009

Hugo Chavez Might Want To Rethink His Campaign Pledges

Somehow, he portrays threatening to leave if the voters say "no" to him is a bad thing.

The Venezuelan leader also vilified his opponents as "colonialists" and "little Yankees" beholden to U.S. interests.

The column titled "Lines from Chavez" appeared in several Venezuelan newspapers for the first time and it is scheduled to appear three times a week. Chavez's friend and mentor, Fidel Castro of Cuba, also has written frequent newspaper columns over the past year.

Chavez, who has been in office since 1999, said he is putting "my entire future" in the hands of Venezuelan voters. The former paratroop commander said "this revolutionary soldier will do what the people command."

Opponents say that ending term limits would endanger Venezuela's democracy and push the country further toward Cuba-style one-man rule.

Venezuelans already voted down a similar measure to scrap term limits as part of a package of constitutional changes in 2007.

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