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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Venezuela, Chavez'

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: VENEZUELA, CHAVEZ'
REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE


Chavez's change in course

Editorial in liberal Folha de S.Paulo (6/10) says: "[Hugo] Chavez's
change in relation to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
(Farc) was so great that it surprised everyone.... He defended that
the group should free all hostages and that Latin America has not
place for guerillas any more.... But the president's move is better
understood through Venezuela's internal politics.... A victory in
[the] November [election] is seen as crucial for Chavez's plans to
reintroduce, in 2010, a proposal to amend the Constitution in order
to allow him to seek reelection indefinitely.... Even if for the
wrong reasons it is good that he distances himself from the Farc.
Equally - it is important to note that since the government's defeat
in the December referendum which frustrated the president's attempt
to obtain superpowers, politics has started to return to
Venezuela."
White

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