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More fighting talk from Chavez as reforms vote looms

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More fighting talk from Chavez as reforms vote looms


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to stop oil sales to the US in a bid to fire up supporters of his reform plans. Venezuelans vote tomorrow on changes to the constitution that would give Chavez wider powers. His government claims to have uncovered a CIA plot named the Tenaza plan to foment anti-Chavez feeling.

He told a sea of followers: “Let the United States government know that if the Tenaza plan goes ahead on Sunday, Monday or whenever, there will not be a drop of oil for the United States of America.”

Chavez also said he would cut ties with Spain if the Spanish king didn’t apologise for asking him recently to shut up. Some analysts say he wants to convince voters of a risk to Venezuelan sovereignty. Chavez finds himself in the unfamiliar position of not having a clear lead in polls ahead of tomorrow’s referendum. The result is predicted to be very tight.

In his own words, to vote ‘Yes’ is to vote for Chavez, while to vote ‘No’ is to vote for US President Bush.

Among the reforms are plans to allow Chavez unlimited terms in office and the right to censor the media in an emergency.

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