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Good night

But before you go to bed tonight, put this in your pipe and smoke it. Andy lets it all hang out in the FT.

Foreign observers, including the Organisation of American States and the Carter Center, the pro-democracy foundation, praised the signature drive as generally clean and a model of democratic participation.

“This is democracy in action,” said César Gaviria, secretary-general of the OAS. “Ninety per cent of the observers consider the process good, and the rest considered it reasonable.”

Great fun. So now, if he wants to block the referendum, Chavez will have to convince the world that Cesar Gaviria and the nobel prize toting Jimmy Carter have both somehow been brainwashed or bought off by the Venezuelan oligarchy…really, great fun…can’t wait to see that cadena!

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Known to friend and foe alike as Quico, Francisco Toro is Executive Editor at Caracas Chronicles.

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