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Chavez wins referendum

category international | politics / elections | news report author Monday August 16, 2004 12:18author by venez Report this post to the editors

Blow to the Venezuelan rich and US imperialism

Left populist President and enemy of US imperialism has won a recall referendum win 59% of the vote according to the Venezuelan electoral authority.

According to the numbers, obtained from a tally count of 94,49% of ballots from automatic voting machines, the opposition failed to obtain more votes that those who wanted Chavez to stay. The "no" option obtained 4,991,483 votes representing 58.95%. The "yes" option obtained 3,576,517 votes, representing 41.74%.

Manual count of votes from rural and low income urban areas where Chavez has widespread support, and where automatic machines were not used, could increase the President's margin of victory.

The turnout was huge and unprecedented. Voting was extended twice, voters waited in line at polling stations for up to 10 hours in some cases.

Opposition leaders have refused to recognise the result and have claimed fraud. It is a possibility that a section of the ruling class may attempt a coup in the coming period. However more far sighted sections of the opposition represented by the 'Carter Center' recognise that now is not an oppurtune time for a coup and are willing to wait.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Diego Armando Maradona     stand strong diego!    Mon Aug 16, 2004 16:05 
   Good result, what now?     Khalid    Mon Aug 16, 2004 16:27 
   Electronic voting in Venezuela     redjade    Mon Aug 16, 2004 18:17 
   Playing a clever game     Albert    Mon Aug 16, 2004 18:57 
   Hard luck CIA     Dennis    Tue Aug 17, 2004 04:10 
   well done chavez     well done    Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:50 
   well done     Muppet watch    Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:45 
   Where else indeed     Yossarian    Tue Aug 17, 2004 13:03 
   You can't reconcile the two sides     Khalid    Tue Aug 17, 2004 13:30 
 10   Well done Chavez     Velly Good    Tue Aug 17, 2004 20:54 
 11   Some Clarifications     Gareth    Wed Aug 18, 2004 02:12 
 12   victory to chavez!     hardliner    Thu Aug 19, 2004 16:36 
 13   Some advice to Khalid     GM    Thu Aug 19, 2004 18:21 
 14   Computer Scientists' Analysis Of Venezuelan Election Does Not Substantiate Fraud Claims     pat c    Tue Sep 07, 2004 17:24 
 15   story re paper trail in Venezuela an example for the US and Ireland     paulc    Tue Sep 07, 2004 18:34 

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