Uh…no. Sorry, all ye wingnuts, but the Big Guy himself just contradicted the dumbest of your alarmist claims. Story from Aporrea:
According the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez Frias, the most important thing is that the people have the power to elect and re-elect a president as many times as they want. He expressed this during an interview conducted by French journalists Mariani Pascale and Renaud Girard, of the daily newspaper Le Figaro.
In response to questions about the referendum on constitutional reforms, to be held on December 2, he reiterated that the re-election proposal was not made with the intention to be president for life without offering the citizens the power to decide, as in Europe.
The indefinite re-election of heads of state is not only commonplace in Europe, but in Canada as well. Here, a prime minister is only in power as long as the people and the parliament say he should be. If public confidence in the head of state is lost, so is his or her tenure. S/he is then obligated to call an election. And if the people decide to do away with that pesky PM, so be it. But there are no term limits to delineate this, only the will of the people.
I fail to see what’s so horrible and dictatorial about Hugo Chavez having the same rights in Venezuela as our prime ministers have up here.
This isn’t really about term limits and elections, is it. All that talk is just a cover.
It’s about Hugo Chavez. Silly me! It’s always about him. The only way the Venezuelan opposition stands a chance against him and his supporters is if he can be barred from running for office again. Because God dammit to hell, he is just so popular that he can’t be voted out. So he has to be barred from running. OH! Now it all makes sense.
Except for one thing: that’s not the way solid democracies are actually run. And Chavecito, no fool, knows it.
Damn him, why does he always have to throw a big fat monkey wrench into everything???