Working to provoke discussion and provide up-to-date information and analysis on US-Venezuelan relations, politics, policies, and culture.

Chavez expected to win big today

Asserting that Venezuela's democracy isn't just for the rich and powerful anymore, posters plastered to doors and lamp posts in Caracas' slums proclaim that under President Hugo Chavez, "We all govern."

Chavez has spent billions of petrodollars on health, nutrition and literacy programs for the poor and has urged them to get involved in politics. Many will vote for him in today's presidential election, and he's likely to win another six-year term by a wide margin.

Critics, however, claim that rather than expanding political rights, Chavez is gradually rolling back democratic freedoms in this oil-rich nation. What he has created, in the view of some political scientists, is a hybrid form of government, a system that falls into a gray area between representative democracy and authoritarian rule.

Go to the full article here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are very biased don't you think? you just present one side. please publish this link for the sake of impartiality:

December 03, 2006 12:17 PM

Blogger Administrator said...

We strive to publish all points of view, while making clear our own positions on issues as they arise.

We're delighted to make the link you suggested available to our readers, although we would note that the editor of this website pulled our blog off his list.

December 04, 2006 9:30 AM


Post a Comment

<< Home