October 5, 2012

Decision Time for Hugo Chavez

John Graham, Globe and Mail

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for the first time as President, you face an opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, who might possibly defeat you in the Oct. 7 election. Unlike the campaign playing field, which you have tilted sharply in your favour, you have allowed the installation of a virtually tamper-proof electronic voting system – an achievement you are proud of and that has helped you disarm national and foreign criticism of your many appropriations, arbitrary measures, frequently incompetent administration and authoritarian style. It’s noon on election day and your senior advisers report the possibility that you might lose – an outcome that was unthinkable until very recently and one that’s probably unacceptable to many of your loyal supporters. What do you do?

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