And that election was so rigged in advance in favor of Chavez that the European Union (EU) refused to play an observer’s role, NewsMax reported at the time.
"Unfortunately, it has not been possible to secure with the Venezuelan electoral authorities the conditions to carry out an observation in line with the Union’s standard methodology,” according to a Wall Street Journal report shortly after the election.
Voting Machines Used in 'Rigged' Chavez Election
Study shows how Hugo Chavez rigged elections in Venezuela
A statistical study done by two Venezuelan scientists, Maria M. Febres Cordero and Bernardo Marquez, has determined that Hugo Chavez alleged victory in the recall referendum of 2004 was unlikely. The reports concludes by saying "the Venezuelan opposition has statistical evidence to reject the official results given by the CNE. The irregularities detected were observed consistently in numerous voting centers and the magnitude of the irregularities imply that the official results do not reflect the intention of voters with statistical confidence."
Alek Boyd: Study shows how Hugo Chavez rigged elections in Venezuela
The problem this poses, is the destabilization of the whole region. Ortega in Nicaragua is a leftist leader. If the military takes over the government, there will hordes of refugees fleeing into Guatemala and Nicaragua, to avoid the certain oppression of the people.
When a president, who is booty buddies with more than one dictator in the region, attempts to illegally remove term limits, it's safe to consider that the beginning of a hostile/illegal takeover of the government. Obviously, that's what the Honduran Congress did.There was no "government takeover" for you to refer to. Even if his agenda was implemented to the fullest extent, it merely involved alleviation of excessively restrictive term limits, which is not ethically unsound, whatever its disputed constitutional status.
Rather dead than red!