Chavez Seeks Power Until 2021

Launching new constitutional battle on term limits
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2008 8:15 AM CST
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a visit last week to a Russian destroyer docked in Venezuela.   (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is again maneuvering to stay in power for at least another decade, the BBC reports. Chavez plans to seek a constitutional change that will allow him to seek re-election indefinitely, he told a weekend rally. Chavez lost a referendum just a year ago on a series of constitutional amendments that would have eliminated term limits.

"I am ready, and if I am healthy, God willing, I will be with you until 2019, until 2021," Chavez told thousands of supporters.