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Venezuela and Belarus Strengthen Strategic Alliance

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez together with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential palace (Presna Presidencial)
President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, made an official visit to Venezuela this weekend, where he signed several biliateral agreements to provide Venezuela with industry and technology from Belarus and the two countries formed a joint company to extract oil from Venezuela's Orinoco River Delta.

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Pro-Chavez Leaders Examine Reasons for Venezuelan Referendum Loss

Former Venezuelan Vice-President José Vicente Rangel presented his interpretation for why the constitutional reform referendum was defeated. (AP)
In the aftermath of Sunday's constitutional reform referendum, various pro-Chavez leaders examined the reasons for their failure to win the referendum last Sunday. Most leaders agreed that there was doubt and confusion among the population.

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Venezuela's Electoral Council Dispels Myths Surrounding Referendum

One of the five directors of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) Vicente Diaz at a press conference on Tuesday (CNE)
One of the five directors of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE), Vicente Diaz, held a press conference on Tuesday to dispel any myths surrounding Sunday's electoral results. Diaz called the elections a "triumph of democracy" that demonstrated the country's willingness to peacefully resolve political conflicts.

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Chavez: Venezuelan People Can Present New Reform Proposal

The political commentary and satire show "The Razorblade" on Venezuelan state TV.
The Venezuelan people have the capacity to modify and newly present the constitutional reform proposal defeated in the referendum on December 2, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday.

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Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Double Standard over Constitutional Reform Referendum

George Bush speaking at White House press conference (AFP)
The United States government cheered the outcome of Venezuelan's constitutional reform referendum of December 2, which prompted Venezuela's Ambassador to the U.S. to accuse the Bush administration of a "double standard"because of its criticsms of the referendum shortly before the vote.

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Latin American Leaders Praise Chavez for 'Democratic Posture'

Chavez supporters mourn the loss of the national referendum outside the Presidential Palace on Monday morning (Reuters)
Leaders from various countries and political parties around Latin America congratulated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for his "democratic posture" in accepting defeat in the referendum on Sunday. Meanwhile, Chavez assured yesterday that nothing had been lost and that it simply wasn't the right moment for the proposed changes.

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Chavez: Defeat in Venezuelan Constitutional Reform is “For Now”

President Chavez holds up a copy of the 1999 constitutiona, which he wanted to reform (Alfonso Ocando/Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuela's President Chavez gave a historic concession speech Sunday night. For the first time in nine years, after winning twelve nation-wide electoral contests, Chavez had to concede defeat, using his trademark phrase "for now."

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Chavez Concedes Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Lost in "Photo Finish"

Venezuela's National Electoral Council Announced at 1:15am that the No vote against the President's constitutional reform proposal lost 49.3% to 50.7%, with 45% abstention. Chavez conceded that the reform proposal lost "for now."

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Venezuelan Constitutional Reform Vote Concludes Peacefully

Voters standing in line in the upper middle class neighborhood of Los Palos Grandes in Caracas. (Gregory Wilpert)
Voting on President Chavez's constitutional reform proposal proceeded normally today in practically all of Venezuela, with only a very few minor incidents reported. Most voting stations closed on time, at 4pm, with a few remain open a bit longer, while those in line finished voting.

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Pro-Constitutional Reform Closes Campaign with Massive Rally in Venezuela

Rally in support of President Chavez's constitutional reform (ABN)
President Hugo Chavez told over 500,000 supporters at the final campaign rally in favor of the proposed constitutional reform that he will suspend all oil shipments to the U.S if it is behind destabilization attempts in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Government Uncovers Video of Opposition Destabilization Plan

Opposition leaders Alejandro Peña Esclusa and Leopoldo Lopez speaking at a church in Caracas (YouTube)
Venezuelan Telecom Minister Jesse Chacon presented a video revealing the opposition strategy of destabilization for Sunday's referendum at a press conference on Thursday. In the video, opposition leaders call on their supporters to reject the results of the referendum.

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Proof that Colombian Hostages are Alive is "Thanks to Chavez"

The FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt in one of the images that prove she was still alive in October of this year.
Colombia arrested three who were found in possession of evidence demonstrating proof of life of five civilian and eleven military hostages held by the FARC. The proof of life evidence was addressed to Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Over 150 European Parliamentarians Declare Support for Venezuelan Reform

Over 200 representatives from across Europe, including 150 parliamentarians, signed a statement in support of social progress and democracy in Venezuela ahead of referendum on 2 December.

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Venezuelan Opposition Closes Anti-Reform Campaign with Major Demonstration

Opposition supporters gathered on Caracas' largest boulvard to demonstrate against the constitutional reform proposal of President Chavez. (El Universal)
Several hundred thousand opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional reform marched in Caracas today in their final protest before the referendum on Sunday.

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Relations Between Venezuela and Colombia Remain Frozen

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (Juan Carlos Solórzano/PP)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Wednesday that his government would not have relations with Colombia as long as Alvaro Uribe is the president of Colombia. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made a similar statement on Tuesday, saying that there would be no humanitarian exchange as long as Uribe is in power.

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