posted on Apr, 20 2007 @ 10:41 PM
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I knew he had acquired more powers but I wasnt sure exactly how he acquired them.
If im not mistaken Chavez is a very popular leader in Venezuela, especially with the poor to middle class. Gasoline is the cheapest than it is
anywhere else in the world, I seem to recall hearing that (i think) hes reformed the medical system, giving the poor access to free healthcare.
The media claims that his popularity is due to the fact that he rose up from a poor family to become president as opposed to coming from the elite
class that most of the other leaders came from, much like Irans president.
He has also "stood up" to America and this has given him a lot of popularity.
Its funny in my city, which is in South Texas on the Gulf of Mexico, every single Citgo fuel station, which are owned by Venezuela have disappeared
and been replaced by Valero stations. Valero was formerly known as Diamond Shamrock, which is headquartered in San Antonio Tx.
As far as I know there isnt a single Citgo station left down here.