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Chavez loses critical votes in Venezuela election
Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 25 November 2008 | Richard Reynolds

Posted on 11/24/2008 7:25:20 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suffered a setback in regional elections, losing several key votes.

While Mr Chavez's broad coalition managed to hold on to most of the regional governors' positions, he did lose the most critical votes including the mayor of Caracas and the governorships of the country's two most populous states.

The mayor's job is often referred to as the second most important position in Venezuela.

While Mr Chavez's popularity remains high, he has never recovered from the surprising loss last year of his sweeping constitutional reforms.

He maintains he still wants to amend the country's constitution in order to run for re-election in 2012, but that now seems unlikely to pass.

The two states that voted against his coalition have almost half the population of Venezuela.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; election; hugochavez; latinamerica; loser; notbreaking; oldnews; potatohead; venezuela
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To: EagleUSA

“What? You mean socialism does not work???? How can that be ??”

You know what is amazing? Many of the oil producing countries are socialist, or close to it (Middle East, Russia, Venezuela).

Oil wealth is as close to “free” money as you can get. Outside interests pay for the infrastructure development. All these governments need to do is stand back and wait. Then, they either tax the hoo-ha out of the oil or nationalize the industry.

And yet, all of these countries have poor populations. Every single one of them has the same poverty problem. Free money + socialism SHOULD equal prosperity for all, right?

It proves the fallacy of socialism. It creates more of a have/havenot state than capitalism. I’ve seen it in China. The rich vs. poor there is astounding compared to the US.


21 posted on 11/24/2008 9:02:17 PM PST by laxcoach
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To: Aussie Dasher
Lost the election? We know what comes next...

Endless recounts until he wins -- just like we do in the States.

22 posted on 11/24/2008 9:05:50 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It’s OK.

He will be the next POTUS after he immigrates to America and does away with the Constitution and citizenship requirements.

Chavez 2016!

Free Gubmint cheese and Ms. Venezuela does bachelor parties!!


23 posted on 11/24/2008 9:34:22 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Vaquero

Besides Jimmy, Chavez will call Bill Ayers and some of his WUO thugs. They really know how to control crowds and blow up things. What is Bernadine Dohrn doing these days? Getting a new passport?


24 posted on 11/24/2008 9:37:18 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Aussie Dasher

“sweeping constitutional reforms.”

Coming to a nation near us.


25 posted on 11/24/2008 10:19:07 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Lost the election? We know what comes next...

Recounts that favor Al Franken?

26 posted on 11/25/2008 3:43:16 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspell)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Chavez is popular with the gutter rats in the poor neighborhoods cause he takes oil money and gives handouts to those poor.
Course if you are a hard working person with a business or profession you are being taken for a ride.


27 posted on 11/25/2008 4:14:11 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
Chavez is popular with the gutter rats in the poor neighborhoods cause he takes oil money and gives handouts to those poor.
Course if you are a hard working person with a business or profession you are being taken for a ride.

Sounds familiar...

28 posted on 11/25/2008 4:19:30 AM PST by Allegra
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To: Aussie Dasher

Time for Chavez to issue out the 200,000 AK 47’s?


29 posted on 11/25/2008 4:29:18 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Allegra

zactly.


30 posted on 11/25/2008 5:27:01 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“He maintains he still wants to amend the country’s constitution in order to run for re-election in 2012”

Why do I get the feeling Obama or the RATs in Congress will be wanting the same thing in two or four years?


31 posted on 11/25/2008 6:05:53 AM PST by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: laxcoach

What area of China have you been to? Most of China is rural and poverty is widespread while some are prospering in the free enterprise areas of the cities and the coast no?

Russia is far from socialism now. It is more akin to the wild west with one cowboy sheriff who has his hands in everything in the town. Pukey sits atop and doles out biz favors and collects like a mafia king.


32 posted on 11/25/2008 6:13:09 AM PST by romanesq
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To: laxcoach

“I’ve seen it in China. The rich vs. poor there is astounding compared to the US.”

You can see it in US cities that practice socialism too.


33 posted on 11/25/2008 6:21:50 AM PST by demshateGod (the GOP is dead to me)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Ven. set it’s budget for $100 per barrel of oil!
With oil where it stands right now, the time is getting shorter!

OPEC Basket $44.48 11/24

Venezuelan Basket: $40.68 11/21

11/24:BRENT IPE $53.93 NYMEX WTI $54.50
11/24: US$/VBOF:Parallel 5.05-buy 5.20-sell
11/25: 1 Euro:1.2842 US $ (1155 GMT )
Closing prices/ New Venezuelan currency: Venez.


34 posted on 11/25/2008 6:46:11 AM PST by WellyP
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