Skip to comments.Chavez' ex-wife proposes reducing term (reduced from six to four years, one re-election chance)
Posted on 12/06/2007 4:59:49 PM PST by NormsRevenge
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela - Hugo Chavez's ex-wife said Thursday she is proposing a constitutional amendment to shorten presidential terms, saying the president has been in office long enough.
Marisabel Rodriguez said she believes terms should be reduced from six to four years, and allow presidents only one opportunity for re-election.
"Four years and re-election ... it gives you enough time," said Rodriguez. "This can be done through an amendment."
Her comments came four days after voters narrowly rejected the president's 69 proposed changes to Venezuela's Constitution, including reforms that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely.
Chavez and Rodriguez divorced in 2004 and have one daughter, 10-year-old Rosines. Chavez, a former paratroop commander who first took office in 1999, also has three children from a previous marriage.
Chavez a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro dismissed his opponents' win as insignificant on Wednesday, using a derogatory term for feces.
"He's been using that language for some time. I think it's a lack of respect for Venezuelans," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez drew attention ahead of Sunday's referendum by breaking years of silence and strongly criticizing her ex-husband, accusing him of becoming obsessed with power, putting politics above the population's well-being and failing to fight corruption.
Now that right there is funny I don’t care who you are. ;o)
What? He’s derogating feces, too?
What’s Caracas’s equivalent to Fort Marcy Park called? Whatever it is, she’d better not go there.
What? Oh. Never mind.
Hillery! probably figures two six year terms are enough,
at least till she can get that constitutional referendum
LOL... So there you have it. Ex-wives the world over are a pain in the backside. Even for little tin-horn dictators.
Jimmy Carter should wake up and give her some support.
Well the Woman lived with the @SS , She ought to know. But WE had a similar situtation here not so long ago. Ours now wants to be the Queen.
Who would you rather have as the first lady, Clear to me.
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