In yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez’ Fifth Republic Movement won an overwhelming majority – more than 2/3 of the seats, enough to change the constitution to allow Chavez to stand for a third term next year, if they want. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051205/ts_afp/venezuelavote_051205173942
OTOH, this was after the five main opposition parties decided to boycott the election. Voter turnout nationwide was only 25%. This might detract from the new legislature’s perceived legitimacy – or at least opposition groups will try to make a case for that.
Chavez had previously blamed the boycott on the Bush Administration. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051202/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/venezuela_elections_10
So, what does this outcome mean for the future of Venezuela? And of South America generally?