Turnout of anti-Chávez voters is questionable

The fate of President Hugo Chávez’s drive to institutionalize his ”socialist revolution” in Venezuela appears to depend on whether voters like Mohamad Merhi turn out next Sunday for a referendum on amending the constitution. Merhi, a 55-year-old urban planner, believes that Chávez uses the state’s power to punish enemies and will become even more dangerous if the changes are approved. But he and many other opponents plan to stay home because they believe that Chávez will resort to fraud to win, if necessary, and that voting would only legitimize his victory. Full Story

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