There Can Be No More Doubt

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 21, 2011

Hugo Chavez is a dictator:

President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he won’t relinquish special legislative powers – a possibility he raised last week as a means of seeking reconciliation with Venezuela’s opposition.

Chavez’s offer to reduce the period of time he has to enact laws by decree through the “Enabling Law” surprised opposition leaders, who welcomed his overture while expressing doubts regarding the president’s call for mutual respect and dialogue between political rivals.

“I’m not going to return the Enabling Law,” said Chavez, speaking in a televised address. “I made a call to encourage courteous and respectful dialogue, but look at their response.”

Yeah, how dare anyone doubt Chavez’s democratic tendencies. He’ll show them . . . by not being a democrat!

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