|12-04-2006, 08:49 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
"Another Defeat For The Empire of Mr. Danger"
Pretty obvious that these countries are using Bush as a springboard to gather votes and win elections. I wonder how many years it's going take to get the taste of Bush out of planet's mouth.
Venezuela's Chavez Storms to Re-election Victory
By Patrick Markey Mon Dec 4, 1:18 AM ET
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stormed to a re-election victory in Sunday's vote, handing him an ample mandate to broaden his promised socialist revolution and challenge Washington's influence in Latin America.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez greets his supporters from a balcony at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. Chavez won re-election by a wide margin Sunday, giving the firebrand leftist six more years to redistribute Venezuela's vast oil wealth to the poor and press his campaign to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and beyond. (AP Photo/Howard Yanes)
Dressed in his signature red shirt, Chavez told cheering supporters at his presidential palace late Sunday his landslide was a blow to U.S. President George W. Bush's administration, which portrays the leftist as an anti-democratic menace.
"Today we gave another lesson in dignity to the imperialists, it is another defeat for the empire of Mr. Danger," Chavez roared from a balcony above the crowds using one of the insults he has tossed at the U.S. president.
The former soldier's victory will further rile the White House, which worries about Chavez destabilizing Latin America neighbors and strengthening ties between the
OPEC heavyweight Venezuela and U.S. foes Cuba and
The National Electoral Council said Chavez won 61 percent of the vote while rival Manuel Rosales, a governor of an oil-producing province who managed to unite the fractured opposition, won 38 percent after nearly 80 percent of the vote had been counted.
Chavez supporters fired off thunderous fireworks in the capital and drove through Caracas chanting "Hey ho, Chavez will not go" to celebrate his securing six more years in office.
Chavez is the fourth leftist to win an election in Latin America in the past five weeks.
Ecuador's Rafael Correa, who calls himself an ally of the Venezuelan, won a run-off last week after promising sweeping political reforms. Leftists Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua also have won recent presidential elections.
Rosales, who for many opposition supporters was a bright hope to beat Chavez, acknowledged defeat but promised to keep fighting. He was greeted by cries of "coward" by some upset supporters as he left his campaign headquarters.
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|12-04-2006, 02:00 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Mar 2004