Venezuela Hearts Chavez?

I guess I kind of knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that the big vote in Venezuela was coming up – but holy shit, I just blinked and it happened. He is now The Emperor.

With 94 per cent of the vote counted, 54 per cent had voted in favour of the constitutional amendment, National Electoral Council chief Tibisay Lucena announced.

“Today we opened wide the gates of the future. Venezuela will not return to its past of indignity,” Mr Chavez proclaimed after singing the national anthem from the balcony of his Miraflores palace.

Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I love El Presidente in all his crazy, red-bastard glory. But how does despotism jive with socialism?

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