is hardly the man to talk about personal freedom, running - as he does - one of the most corrupt and oppressive administrations on the planet. Venezuela has a great deal of oil, but one of the highest inflation rates in the world -currently running at around 30%, and Cavez is well-known for making these ludicrous threats about terminating oil supplies - he regularly threatens the US in this way.
My prediction is that someone in his administration will try to inject some commonsense into his head, but there's no telling with people like this. Constitutionally Chavez cannot remain in power after 2012, but he's doing his best to manipulate the system so he can hang on indefinitely. He's hardly Mr. Popular in Venezuela, the people know that the country's economy is being essentially propped up by oil revenues, and that below the surface the picture is far from rosy. If the electorate has anything to do with it Chavez will be history at the next elections.