The fiesta was in full swing among President Hugo Chavez’s supporters, following the Venezuelan leader’s referendum victory to remove presidential term limits. The win allows him to stand for re-election beyond a second term. Chavez has made no secret of his ambition to continue ruling Venezuela for decades.
Some 54 percent of people approved the constitutional amendment. In Caracas, there was a mixed reaction to the result. One man said: ‘‘There are a lot of poor people here, people that have been marginalised, that have rights and have chosen the person they prefer. I think this is reality’‘ Another man said: ‘‘Even the newspapers say that the ‘no’ machines didn’t mark the ‘no’ vote. Personally I don’t agree with the result, but if he won, what can you do?’‘ Critics accuse Chavez of being an autocrat. More than 16 million people were eligible for the vote, which international observers say was free and fair.