No 49



Chavez Opponents Claim Enough Public Support For Referendum On President

Opposition leaders in Venezuela on 2 December claimed that more than 3.6mn people had signed a petition calling for a referendum next year on whether or not President Hugo Chavez should remain in office. The next scheduled elections are in 2006. A minimum of 2.4mn signatures (20% of the electorate) are required to enable a referendum to take place. The petition circulated by the opposition...