Friday, January 29, 2010

Venezuelan Students Clash With Soldiers Over Chavez 'Reforms'

In light of the coup in Honduras several months ago in which President Zelaya was ousted for trying, against the will of the legislature, to extend the power of his presidency by extending the number of terms he could serve, I found this article about Venezuela rather interesting. It would appear that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is trying to follow a similar path. He is trying to implement several changes to the constitution, including an amendment allowing him to serve an indefinite number of terms. While many protesters argue that these new executive powers would give Chavez authoritarian rule, it would seem that, unlike in Honduras, Chavez has the support of most Venezuelans in this attempt to extend executive power.

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