Skip to comments.Hugo Chavez wins fourth term as Venezuela president
Posted on 10/07/2012 8:06:34 PM PDT by Racehorse
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office after defeating opposition leader Henrique Capriles, electoral officials say.
Mr Chavez won 54% of the vote, the country's electoral council announced.
Noisy celebrations among Chavez supporters erupted across the capital Caracas following the result.
Turnout was 80% in the hotly contested election and voting was extended beyond the official closing time at some polling stations with long queues.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
He, probably, doesn’t have much longer to live, anyways, and a new election will end up taking place, soon.
I don’t know...... that old goat Castro, who has been on his deathbed since 2005, is still kicking, or at least a decent cardboard likeness of said windbag.
Snips from this Fox article:
The state governor who lost Sunday's presidential vote, Henrique Capriles, had accused the flamboyant incumbent of unfairly leveraging to his advantage Venezuela's oil wealth as well as his near total control of state institutions.
Nevertheless, the populace endorsed once again Chavez's stated aim of converting Venezuela into a socialist state.
Capriles had vowed to seriously address violent crime that has spun out of control, streamline a patronage-bloated bureaucracy and end rampant corruption, but his promises proved inadequate against Chavez's charisma, well-oiled political machine and legacy of putting Venezuela's poor first with generous social welfare programs.
Substitute Obama in for Chavez the day after our election (if he wins).
Chavez will now have a freer hand to push for an even bigger state role in the economy, as he pledged during the campaign, and to continue populist programs. He's also likely to further limit dissent and deepen friendships with U.S. rivals.
A Capriles victory would have brought a radical foreign policy shift including a halt to preferential oil deals with allies such as Cuba, along with a loosening of state economic controls and an increase in private investment.
"The revolution will continue, thanks to God and the people of this great country," said Gonzalez.
See if you are running around celebrating when the full socialist/communist takeover is complete.
Voter turnout was an impressive 81 percent, compared to 75 percent in 2006. Chavez paid close attention to his military-like get-out-the-vote organization at the grass roots, stressing its importance at campaign rallies. The opposition said he unfairly plowed millions in state funds into the effort.
Sounds like Obama and libs signing up voters to vote for Democrats.
One pro-Chavez voter, private bodyguard Carlos Julio Silva, said that whatever his faults, Chavez deserved to win for spreading the nation's oil wealth to the poor with free medical care, public housing and other government programs. The country has the world's largest proven oil reserves.
"There is corruption, there's plenty of bureaucracy, but the people have never had a leader who cared about this country," Silva said after voting for Chavez in the Caracas slum of Petare.
Woohoo! Free stuff! Caring = Free Stuff! Who cares if the quality is subpar?
Chavez's critics accused the president of inflaming divisions by labeling his opponents "fascists," `'Yankees" and "neo-Nazis," and it's likely hard for many of his opponents to stomach another six years of the loquacious and conflictive leader.
Ah, good ole' liberal tolerance. It will only get worse the more control he gets.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/07/venezuelan-president-hugo-chavez-wins-another-6-year-term-electoral-council/#ixzz28hHCBinJ
Spain is counting our vote, good bet.
They’re clearly past the point of being able to vote their way out of whatever they’re in...
I ain’t believing it until Jimmy Carter certifies it.
Thanks for the correction. Was thinking this morning that it was probably Stalin, then read your reply. Couldn’t remember exactly.
I’m not surprised at all.
Fox News are kool-aid drinkers on this story.
This is a classic example of why failed coup leaders should be executed. Chavez led a coup and was only jailed for a few years and then freed. He came back and took over the country. Now, Chavez will never leave the Maximum Leader position alive.
Did Jimmy get to dance with Hugo?
Good advice, even better is that these 3rd world countries are run for the benefit of an oligarchy. They don’t have a history of liberty or even a clear conception of it. Property rights don’t exist in the English tradition. The Spanish/Catholic legacy isn’t a good one for forming republics.
Romney/Ryan should use this event to press their argument for greater energy independence for the US.
My thoughts, too.
I don’t know if we should feel that sorry for VZ. I would take a cancer ridden Chavez over a healthy 0bama. At least the Lord will probably term limit Chavez, but who knows what will happen with 0bama.
An excellent dissertation on who Chavez is, his true agenda and his willingness to use whatever means are necessary to stay in power. He’s a latter day Salvador Allende. Fortunately for Chile, they had a Pinochet who put an end to the madness and saved his country from ruin - no matter how his countrymen now forget his contributions. Without a Pinochet, Venezuela will squander its resources and the madman Chavez will resort to increasingly draconian measures to keep the citizens of Venezuela under his heel.
Here’s the link from the Heritage Foundation
Vladimir Putin taught Chavez well....