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Venezuelan elections - Hugo’s Star Fading?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 21, 2008

If you believe Sunday's state and local elections will be free and fair election, then, according to some, Chavez could see a bit of a set-back:
According to the latest polls, the government of Hugo Chavez, the outspoken anti-US president, may lose up to a third of the states – undermining any attempts to push forward a major constitutional reform again to allow Mr Chavez to seek re- election in 2012, a measure voters narrowly rejected last year.

"Beware, Chavez's destiny is even at play," he said at a rally this week in his increasingly desperate quest to turn the elections into a plebiscite on his rule.
Of course since he's ruled as a populist, it makes perfect sense to make a populist appeal. According to some polls, Chavez maintains a 60% popularity level (although I'd guess some of those polled might be reluctant to claim anything else), but the opposition to his rule has been growing over the last few years. Unfortunately, as the article points out, the opposition isn't united and has put some pretty "shady" and "unpopular" candidates in some key states.

I'm a bit skeptical given the control Chavez has gained over the whole electoral process since coming to power. Nevertheless, it will be quite interesting to see the results of these elections come Monday.
 
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