Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will seek a constitutional amendment to extend his presidency until 2031 should opposition parties boycott the Dec. 3 presidential election, Chavez said in his weekly radio and television address March 5 that the United States was orchestrating the potential opposition boycott in an effort to undermine his presidency. The Dec. 3 election is the last one in which Chavez can legally participate under current laws.
I must say that it is remarkably magnanimous of Chavez to only ask for a twenty-five year extension to his presidency, as I would have expected him to press for a presidency-for-life.
Of course, given that Chavez is 52, a twenty-five year extension is pretty much the same thing. And who's to say that if he lives to be 77, Chavez won't push for yet another extension?