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29 April 1999

Venezuelan Referendum

Venezuelans were voting on Apr. 25 in the first referendum of a series of three proposed by President Hugo Chavez Frias to change the country's form of government. Voters were asked whether they support the creation of a 131-member constituent assembly to "transform the allow the effective functioning of a participatory social democracy."

According to a poll published on Apr. 23, 76% of Venezuela's 11 million voters planned to participate in the referendum, and 75.7% of these would back Chavez' proposition. [El Diario-La Prensa 4/25/99 from AFP]...

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