Chavez pushes for power amid economic woes  

Venezuela's oil price has slipped because of the global economic crisis.

Ahead of a vote that could see Hugo Chavez remain in power beyond his current term, the Venezuelan leader told supporters he would protect the country from a financial meltdown.

Critics argue Chavez is holding the vote now to ensure a win before the economy gets any worse, and his popularity fades.

Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports.


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