Venezuela Votes

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Early election results from Venezuela show that President Hugo Chavez is not going anywhere. With almost all the ballots counted, 58 percent of Venezuelans have voted to keep him in power.

His supporters are dancing in the streets, and Chavez himself is calling the referendum a “true democratic fiesta.” But the opposition refuses to admit defeat, and many wonder what three more years of Chavez will mean for global oil prices and the future of democracy in Latin America.


Juan Forero, reporter for the New York Times

Edgardo Lander, professor of politics and trade at the Universidad Central De Venezuela

Ricardo Hausmann, professor of devleopment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Daniel Hellinger, professor of political science at Webster University, St. Louis

Miguel Diaz, Director of the South America Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.