Monday, December 03, 2007

Democracy preserved?

Hugo Chavez's bid to modify the Venezuelan constitution so that he could become president for life appears to have failed with 51% opposed against 49% in favor. In Russia, Putin has taken a different approach to continued power:
MOSCOW (AP) - European election monitors said Monday that Russia's parliamentary ballot was unfair, hours after President Vladimir Putin's party swept 70 percent of the seats in the new legislature.

The victory paves the way for Putin to remain Russia's de facto leader even after he leaves office next spring.

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