Friday, August 17, 2007

Chavez declares himself president for life

Don't you love the smell of socialism in the morning?

Telegraph - The Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has anointed himself president for life by proposing sweeping changes to the country's constitution.

Setting out his plans for completing his socialist revolution in the oil-rich Latin American nation, he proposing radical constitutional reform which has at its centre indefinite re-election for himself.

In a rambling televised speech reminiscent of his close ally and friend Fidel Castro, Mr Chavez told the national assembly of 33 changes he plans to make to the constitution he introduced in 1999 which will cement his grip on power.

"We have broken the chains of the old, exploitative capitalist system," said Mr Chavez. "The state now has the obligation to build the model of a socialist economy."

So now that's he's taken control of all media outlets, made most of Venezuela's industries state-controlled, and declared himself dictator for life, you'd think that that would raise an eyebrow or two on the left.

But we are talking about Democratic party afterall...

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