Although reports seem to indicate that this last election victory was a close one for Chavez, he still was able to win. When a president in a supposedly democratic nation keeps winning reelection time and time again, questions begin to be asked. One of those questions is: Is this really a fair election?
I am not educated about the Venezuelan election process, but do know that after a certain amount of reelections, the population generally begins to become fed up. The United States amended its constitution after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected four times. While there was a general consensus among the people that he was a good president and did not abuse his power in being elected to four terms, the American people still saw a problem with a president being elected so many times. Many in Russia seem to be tired of the rule of Vladimir Putin, who has installed himself at the center of Russian government since 1999. During his last reelection campaign there was much unrest, with many Russians showing their distaste at his reelection. For democracy to work correctly, it seems to yearn for fresh blood in the position of president with relative frequency. Power can corrupt. Keeping one man at the head for a long period of time is a sure fire way to spawn corruption.
It seems that the Venezuelan people may be beginning to grow tired of Chavez’s reign. This election was close, with Chavez receiving only 54% of the vote. If he does not do something extraordinary this term, he may not be so lucky next time. What are your feelings on term limits for presidents? Do you feel that the Venezuelan people are beginning to grow tired of Chavez’s rule? Should Venezuela adopt term limits for future presidents?