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Venezuelan voters approve Chavez referendum

Venezuelan voters have approved a referendum to eliminate political term limits and allow Hugo Chavez to remain on as president if he is re-elected in three years' time.

Opponents have accused Mr Chavez of moving the country towards authoritarianism.

However, the outspoken left-wing President says he needs more time in power to complete his socialist revolution.

Fireworks exploded in the skies over Caracas last night as his supporters celebrated the referendum victory.

Around 54% of voters approved the referendum, with 46% voting against it.

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