Venezuela's rice processing industry was put under military control Saturday, with President Hugo Chavez threatening to nationalize any mill that halts production or tries to sidestep government food price regulations.
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Opponents of Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez have warned that the country will be subject to greater authoritarian rule after he won a referendum which could allow him to stay in office for life if he continues to win elections.
The online campaign for and against the amendment to the Venezuelan constitution, which Hugo Chavez seems to have won, exposed bloggers' political differences. Also: tensions rise in Madagascar, where bloggers describe rumours and threats.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won a vote to scrap electoral term limits on Sunday, with 54 percent of preliminary results announced by the president of the National Electoral Council. The opposition took 46 percent of the vote.
Venezuelans voted on Sunday for a referendum on whether to allow elected officials, including President Hugo Chavez (pictured), to run for unlimited terms. Undecided voters are expected to play a key role in the vote results.
Venezuela is ready for rapprochement with the United States, President Hugo Chavez (pictured) said on Saturday, as Venezuelans prepare to vote in a referendum on whether to allow elected officials to run for unlimited terms.
Caracas expelled a European Parliament deputy on Friday after he called President Hugo Chavez (pictured) a "dictator" ahead of a referendum in which Venezuelans will decide on allowing unlimited terms for elected officials, including Chavez.