Defeat for Chavez

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was dealt a major defeat yesterday:

Despite an oil-financed, state-backed campaign, Chavez narrowly failed to muster enough support for a constitutional reform package that would have scrapped term limits on his rule and given him broad new powers.

I am surprised by this, as I thought there was no way Chavez was going to allow this to be defeated. Still it is good news for Venezuela and it’s nice to know that democracy isn’t completely dead in the country.

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