Monday, April 26, 1999 Published at 01:10 GMT 02:10 UK
Venezuela backs political overhaul
Voters came out in favour of the proposed assembly
By Peter Greste in Caracas
Venezuela has voted overwhelmingly for a new constitution.
The results of Sunday's referendum are nothing short of an outright victory for President Hugo Chavez.
Ninety-two percent of those who turned out voted in favour of the new constitution, and 85% said they were happy with President Chavez's plans to establish a new constituent assembly to draft the document.
The only question in most observers' minds was whether enough people would bother to participate to give Hugo Chavez the moral authority to carry out his plan.
Analysts say the result allows the opposition to claim the majority of Venezuelans chose not to support Hugo Chavez.
But the Congressional President, Luis Alfonso Davila, a government politician, said many people didn't bother to vote because the result was a foregone conclusion.
The fear of many observers now is that with such an overwhelming 'yes' vote, Hugo Chavez may well give in to what a lot of people believe is a natural inclination to rule as an autocrat.