Chavez eyes power until 2031

2012-01-28 10:57

Caracas - Hugo Chavez, the left-wing populist president of Venezuela who stands for re-election in October, wants to remain in power until 2031.

"I will do everything I can - politically and physically - to stay here until 2031; with democratic support from 2013 to 2019; 2019 to 2025; and 2025 to 2031. It will of course depend on the people of Venezuela," the 57-year-old told journalists Friday in Caracas.

On February 2, Chavez will celebrate his 13th year in power. He stands for re-election on October 7.

The socialist declared that Venezuela had never in its 200-year history experienced such a democratic process as today under his leadership.

"They call me the tyrant, the putschist. They are the putschists, I am a rebel," he said.

The Venezuelan opposition plans to choose its candidate in public primary voting on February 12. There are six candidates, including Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles and a member of parliament Corina Machado.

  • Fidel - 2012-01-28 11:20

    You see Mr Chavez, in the post colonial world there are 2 kinds of non-European leaders: those who are craven puppets and allow the West to manhandle them and their countries, and there are those who oppose the West. Those who rightfully oppose the West are people like you. That's why sometimes it is necessary that people like you stay on as long as you citizens or constitution will allow. Reason being that your successors might just go soft and flip themselves over for the West--relentless criminal gang, always driven along by capitalist greed and avarice. You have kept your commitments to the poor—urban and rural by investing oil profits in projects aimed at combating illiteracy, malnutrition, diseases, and other social ills. You have had to survive a coup, followed by a Bush financed referendum and election after election the Venezuelans have voted for you in overwhelming numbers.

      Mboma - 2012-01-28 13:53

      fidel it is clear you have no clue about what is going on in venezuela.

      Fidel - 2012-01-28 14:10

      So enlighten us dear Sir, seeing that you know. The fact is, the right wing hates Chavez because he is a democratic socialist who represents the working class, not the capitalists.

      Fidel - 2012-01-28 14:41

      Here's a CIA (!?) sourced table showing how Chavez has affected Venezuelan living standards in his 10 years in office. And this is from people who helped to try to kill him....

      Gerhard - 2012-01-28 14:58

      Chavez is an insult to the intelligence of the people of Venezuela.

  • Joe - 2012-01-28 13:02

    If only the dicktator could live that long.

      Fidel - 2012-01-28 13:07

      Would it be too much to ask for the smallest scrap of evidence with regard to Chavez being a dictator, or is it simply enough for you people to repeat it like a mantra in order for it to be true? "If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth."

  • Anthony - 2012-01-28 13:40

    There is nothing wrong with being critical of the West. Especially when it comes to the foreign policies of many Western countries,much criticzism is well deserved. But when many, of the ones who make these anti Western comments , regard, Chavez, Mugabe, gaddafi, dos Santos, assad, Ahmadinejad, etc as the "good" leaders, ( and often are their heroes!!!) , that is not only CRAZY, but it is than very difficult to take them serious!!!!!!!!!!

      Garth - 2012-01-28 15:05

      Agreed, and it is inconceivable that anyone who wishes to rule for the next twenty years, has one whit of a concept, of what a democracy is all about. People that support these would-be democrats and describe them as heroes are blinded by their own racist hatred of the `white west'. Always fascinated me that; THE WEST. Venezuela is as `west' as the USA.

  • Fidel - 2012-01-28 14:30

    The western view of a democratic country is one who's government can be led by the nose to support the USA's (and their allies) policies whilst having their resources pillaged.

      Garth - 2012-01-28 15:08

      You are blinded by your archaic ideologies and belong in the fifties.

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