Domani in Venezuela si vota il referendum costituzionale per permettere a Hugo Chávez di ricandidarsi all’infinito e per questo motivo oggi in Venezuela non è san Valentino, ché è meglio che gli elettori non si distraggano. Chávez ci aveva già provato l’anno scorso ed era stato sconfitto, Time sostiene che dovesse perdere ancora non si arrenderebbe.
But even if Chávez fails a second time, few doubt he’ll try again before 2012. Fans say he needs to complete his revolutionary goals. […]
However you see it, ending term limits seems increasingly popular around Latin America. Chávez remains the standard-bearer of the region’s resurgent left; and after his first attempt to change the constitution, leftist Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Rafael Correa of Ecuador had their own term limits relaxed by popular vote. Colombia’s conservative President, Alvaro Uribe, won’t deny that he hopes to engineer a constitutional fix letting him seek a third term when his second mandate ends next year. The trend has democracy watchdogs fretful about a return of the Latin caudillo.