Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has been sworn in for a third term. “Fatherland, socialism or death — that is my oath,” he said. He will now serve a further six years in office.
After a landslide reelection last month, he is vowing to push ahead with what is being described as a radical socialist revolution, including the nationalisation of foreign-owned companies.
“It’s very simple. It’s like when you employ someone and the contract is up, or if you have an arrangement, like when you give someone the right to clean your house for a month, and when that time is up you are not happy, and you decide not to renew the contract or the arrangement. It’s very straightforward.”
The anti-US leader, who allies himself with Cuba’s Fidel Castro, also announced plans to allow Presidents to serve an unlimited number of mandates.
However, he said that if people reject the draft law, he will be the first to applaud that.