Like most “revolutionaries”, Hugo Chavez is looking set to rule Venezuela for life, after he managed to get voters to abolish term limits. They had earlier rejected doing so, so he simply tried again until he could win.
Of course he had some advantages:
But opponents said the results were skewed by Chavez’ use of state resources to get out the vote, through a battery of state-run news media, pressure on two million public employees and frequent speeches which all television stations are required to air.
I wonder how long it will be until elections get replaced by referendums on whether he remains in office – ie no opposition parties.