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Chavez' ex-wife proposes reducing term (reduced from six to four years, one re-election chance)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/6/07 | Ian James - ap

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.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chavez; exwife; proposes; reducing; term; venezuela

1 posted on 12/06/2007 4:59:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Now that right there is funny I don’t care who you are. ;o)

2 posted on 12/06/2007 5:03:46 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NormsRevenge

What? He’s derogating feces, too?

3 posted on 12/06/2007 5:07:39 PM PST by Combat_Liberalism
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To: NormsRevenge

What’s Caracas’s equivalent to Fort Marcy Park called? Whatever it is, she’d better not go there.

4 posted on 12/06/2007 5:07:39 PM PST by Salvey
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To: NormsRevenge
Yeesh - what kind of a two-bit tinpot despotism allows its President two four-year terms?

What? Oh. Never mind.

5 posted on 12/06/2007 5:10:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Hillery! probably figures two six year terms are enough,
at least till she can get that constitutional referendum
rammed through.

6 posted on 12/06/2007 5:13:24 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Liberty Valance

LOL... So there you have it. Ex-wives the world over are a pain in the backside. Even for little tin-horn dictators.

7 posted on 12/06/2007 5:18:50 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: cll

Venezuela ping

8 posted on 12/06/2007 5:18:58 PM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Hard lesson learned in the 1980's: "Never perm and dye your hair at the same time")
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To: NormsRevenge

Brave lady.

Jimmy Carter should wake up and give her some support.

9 posted on 12/06/2007 5:45:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

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.

10 posted on 12/06/2007 6:00:21 PM PST by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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