12-04-07 - 1

I wrote about Hugo Chavez a while ago so I feel compelled to follow up now that his constitutional changes have failed to pass. I'm quite surprised and pleased (all the commentators in Venezuela were quite surprised as well), I think it's a sign that democracy is still somewhat alive in Venezuela and perhaps his power will not unchecked. Unfortunately, the legislature is still illegitimate due to the lack of opposition parties, and Chavez will be able to pass most of the changes as laws rather than constitutional ammendments, though a few things will be forbidden such as his ability to be president for life. Anyway, a positive sign and hopefully good news for Venezuela going forward. Unfortunately at the same time Russia has slipped even further away from democracy.

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