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Chavez suspends his TV show in run up to term-limit vote

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suspended for a month his weekly Alo Presidente program in the run-up to a forthcoming national referendum on presidential term limits, national media said on Monday.
MOSCOW, January 19 (RIA Novosti) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has suspended for a month his weekly Alo Presidente program in the run-up to a forthcoming national referendum on presidential term limits, national media said on Monday.

On February 15, the South American country will vote on whether to allow the president and other elected officials to be reelected for an infinite number of terms.

"From today and until February 15 the program Alo Presidente, hosted by the head of state, Hugo Chavez, is postponed," the country's communications minister Jesse Chacon said, adding that the decision had been made to allow "street events" involving Chavez to be held in the build up to the referendum.

The minister said the show would resume after the referendum.

Chavez, who celebrated 10 years in power last December, wants to change the wording of the Constitution from "the president may be reelected only once" to simply "the president may be reelected" before his second term ends in 2012.

Over 50% of voters rejected a similar proposal as part of a package of constitutional amendments in a referendum in December 2007.

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