Close Vote Ends Terms Limits for President Chavez of Venezuela
In a Venezuela referendum Sunday, President Hugo Chavez won the right to seek an unlimited number of terms. With 94 percent of the vote counted, the constitutional amendment was favored 54 to 46 percent.
Chavez is not up for re-election again until 2012 but may now have a lifetime to construct his view of a socialist state.
"Today we opened wide the gates of the future," Chavez said, who is in his third term as president. "In 2012 there will be presidential elections, and unless God decides otherwise, unless the people decide otherwise, this soldier is already a candidate."