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Venezuelan President Suggests Ending Constitutional Term Limits


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he may seek a constitutional referendum to end presidential term limits.

During his weekly radio and television program Sunday, Mr. Chavez said he would consider signing a decree for voters to decide if he should run for a third term in 2013.

Mr. Chavez is running for a second six-year term in December, which would be his last under Venezuela's constitution. Pro-Chavez lawmakers, who dominate the legislature, are calling for an amendment to lift the two-term limit.

Mr. Chavez's opponents say he is trying to turn Venezuela into an authoritarian state.

The leftist president is a persistent critic of the United States. He says Washington harbors imperialist designs on his country.

Mr. Chavez also accuses the Bush administration of plotting against him. The Venezuelan leader says the U.S. backed a coup that briefly removed him from office in 2002 - a charge the Bush administration denies.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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