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Chavez Loses Constitutional Vote

December 3, 2007

By IAN JAMES The Associated Press
Monday, December 3, 2007; 1:13 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez suffered a stunning defeat Monday in a referendum that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely and impose a socialist system in this major U.S. oil provider.
Rallies are in held in Caracas, Venezuela, by opponents and supporters of President Hugo Chávez. If passed, the Dec. 2, 2007, referendum would expand Chávez's powers and remove limits on how long he can serve in office. 

Voters defeated the sweeping measures Sunday by a vote of 51 percent to 49 percent, said Tibisay Lucena, chief of the National Electoral Council, with voter turnout at just 56 percent.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, takes a moment before voting at a polling station in Caracas, Dec. 2, 2007. Venezuelans went to the polls Sunday in a referendum, called by Chavez's government, on major changes to their constitution, including removing presidential term limits and expanding presidential powers. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) 

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