|Quoting Kaitak (Reply 3):|
I'm sure he has a "Plan B" to turn to.
Indeed. Yes, I'm very happy about the NO winning this referendum, but Chávez also hinted that he'd try again, when he repeated something he said after the failed coup in 92 which was "Por ahora, no pudimos (For now, we couldn't)". In fact, he even said in his story-filled speech this morning that he's still on track for creating a
|Quoting B752fanatic (Reply 14):|
It shows that Venezuela is one of the most strongest democracies in the world.
Now you're paraphrasing what the official propaganda has been saying all night long through CNE and Comando Zamora (whatever the hell Comando Zamora is). While the NO won, these elections have NOT been transparent. Everybody knew the results before they were even announced, but CNE refused to give those results until they did (which was at around 01:30 LT). The world was left in the dark, and the world deserved to know because this election was indirectly also critical to the United States, Latin America and many other countries because it was promoted by the official propaganda as a vote against Bush.
|Quoting Alberchico (Reply 16):|
While I am dissapointed that the referendum did not pass
Why are you disappointed? Because a referendum was rightfully rejected because otherwise it would have given Chávez, with the abolition of term limits, the ultimate chance of consolidating his power as a dictator? Remember Saddam Hussein, he got re-elected all the time with results of between 90 and 100% of the vote, and look at what happened with Iraq. If Chávez does eliminate term limits, there will be no stopping him, guaranteed.
|Quoting NoUFO (Reply 40):|
But this Castro-Wannabe will find new ways to strengthen his power, and I'm hoping he won't blame "CIA and other U.S. imperialists" for the outcome of the referendum.
I've seen news footage that showed people, in New York of all places, who wanted to vote for the YES, having signs that say "Yes, Chávez, no CIA". So while I'm sure he may eventually blame the US for the results, even if only behind the scenes, Venezuelans sympathetic to Chávez are already campaigning against the US, even in the US.