January 6, 2008

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO THE END OF HISTORY:

Chavez puts brakes on socialist drive (CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, 1/06/08, Associated Press)

President Hugo Chavez vowed Sunday to tackle everyday problems from soaring crime to trash-strewn streets, adopting a more pragmatic approach to governance and toning down his revolutionary rhetoric a month after a stinging electoral defeat.

Voters in December rejected a radical overhaul of Venezuela's constitution that would have greatly expanded Chavez's powers and enshrined socialism. Chavez acknowledged his government would have to review its priorities.

"I'm forced to reduce the speed of the march," Chavez said, urging new members of his Cabinet to "accept reality" and "put their feet on the ground."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2008 10:56 PM
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