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Chavez Declares Venezuela's Vote on Referendum "Mandate for Socialism"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2009 - 16:07

Hugo Chavez scored a decisive win recently with the passing of a referendum he had proposed, effectively ending term limits and opening a path for the controversial president to stay in power well past his current term, which ends in 2012.

Speaking from the balcony of the presidential palace to thousands of supporters, Chavez called his referendum win a "perfect victory" and declared it a "mandate for socialism."


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