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Venezuelan constitutional referendum allows Chavez to run in 2012

VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez won a constitutional referendum lifting term limits to allow him to stay in power as long as he keeps winning elections.

Tibisay Lucena from the National Electoral Council (CNE) said 54.36 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to remove the term limits and 45.63 percent of the vote against it, according to preliminary results.

A total of 16,767,511 people registered at the CNE cast their votes at the voting centers across the country from 6:00 to 18:00 yesterday local time (1030 to 2230 GMT).

Chavez proposed amendments to the 1999 constitution allowing him to seek presidency in 2012. He has already run for a second term as the Venezuelan president.


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