Chavez (Almost) Unbound

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 31, 2009

Thank God this plan didn’t come to fruition:

Hugo Chavez on Saturday cancelled the broadcast of his promised show, presidential sources told AFP, thus interrupting a four-day marathon of himself talking, singing, and haranguing detractors.

Chavez had vowed a Thursday-to-Sunday broadcast of his weekly radio and TV program “Alo Presidente” (“Hello President”) to mark the show’s 10-year anniversary.

Normally the show runs for several hours on Sundays, but Chavez said he wanted a special extended edition. “It will be in chapters, like a soap opera,” Chavez, a former paratrooper who often breaks out into song on-air, said late Monday.

Not that I mind if Hugo Chavez ever decides to work himself to sheer exhaustion, but the problem is that the harder he works, the more the people of Venezuela suffer in the process.

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