Hugo’s a No-Go for Dictator
Posted by Ryan on December 3, 2007
Hugo Chavez, everybody’s favorite tin-pot South American dictator, had a plebiscite yesterday on the future of his dictatorial status. He lost! So, Chavez cannot run for President indefinitely, meaning he’s got to step down in 2012. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said, “This reform was about democracy or totalitarian socialism, and democracy won.”
But, if this socialist is like other ambitious socialists, he’ll find a national emergency (probably American-related) or reword a new referendum to give him those powers anyway. I’ll believe the step away from totalitarianism when I see it. But, this is the first electoral defeat for Hugo, even if it was 51-49%. I don’t expect to see a trend, but it is a good start for the Venezuelan people. However, the close vote guarantees that Chavez will not go quietly.