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Venezuelans Rush to Vote in Referendum on Chavez

Venezuelans crowded polling stations on Sunday to vote on whether to recall left-wing President Hugo Chavez or back his mandate to govern the world’s No. 5 oil exporter for the next two years. Huge lines of eager voters besieged ballot centers guarded by troops in what local officials said was the biggest turnout they could remember. As they waited, the droves of voters used umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun, sipped drinks from thermos flasks, read newspapers and books or played chess. Venezuelans said they were anxious to make their choice to try to end the bitter feuding over Chavez’s rule since 1998 which has divided Venezuela politically, inflamed social tensions and often spooked international oil markets. Full Story

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