Elections are handy

Perhaps Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been spending too much time with Cuban leader Fidel Castro:

President Hugo Chavez said yesterday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years. Speaking at a stadium packed with supporters in central Lara state, Mr. Chavez said he would hold a referendum to put the question of his remaining in office to Venezuelans if the opposition pulls out of Dec. 3 presidential elections. Mr. Chavez said Friday that he might seek “indefinite” re-election through a referendum if the opposition boycotts the presidential vote.… 

A revolution is sweeping across Latin America, but democratic norms must be respected.