Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Venezuela recall

The recall of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has moved a step closer:

Venezuela's Supreme Court gave a major boost Monday to opponents of President Hugo Chavez, ruling that signatures on recall petitions do not need to be validated.

The court overturned a decision by the National Elections Council to force more than 870,000 citizens to confirm they signed the petitions seeking a vote to recall Chavez. The court ordered the council to accept those signatures unless citizens come forward to say they had not signed.

The ruling, while not guaranteeing a recall, was a big victory for Chavez's opponents, who had said the council's decision had made the referendum nearly impossible. If the citizens don't come forward, the opposition will have more than enough signatures to trigger the vote.


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