After all is said and done, he’s quite the dictator, isn’t he?
Venezuela’s parliament gave President Hugo Chavez decree powers for 18 months on Friday, outraging opposition parties that accused him of turning South America’s biggest oil producer into a dictatorship.
The move consolidated the firebrand socialist leader’s hold on power after nearly 12 years in office, and raised the prospect of a fresh wave of nationalizations as the former paratrooper seeks to entrench his self-styled “revolution.”
Chavez had asked for the fast-track powers for one year, saying he needed them to deal with a national emergency caused by floods that drove nearly 140,000 people from their homes.
But the Assembly, which is dominated by loyalists from his Socialist Party, decided to extend them for a year and a half.
How nice of them. A few years ago, we had people swearing up and down (example) that Hugo Chavez was the most wonderful thing since sliced bread, and that there was no possible way he could be considered a dictator. If they had any shame, they would be using their blogs to apologize profusely for their naïveté.