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In pictures: Venezuela's referendum

Voters line up at dawn before casting their ballots at a polling station in Petare, Caracas (02/12)

Voters have been turning out in numbers in Venezuela's referendum on far-reaching constitutional changes.

Venezuelans wait for their turn to vote in the referendum at a polling station in Caracas (02/12)

Residents of the capital, Caracas, were woken before dawn by fireworks and loud music. Long queues, several hours long, formed outside polling stations.

Voters line up in front of pro-Chavez graffiti at a polling station in Petare, Caracas (02/12)

One proposal is to allow the president to stand for re-election an indefinite number of times.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters after voting in the constitutional referendum in Caracas (02/12)

President Hugo Chavez says the proposed changes would return power to the people, but opponents accuse him of a power grab.

A Venezuelan patient undergoing treatment in Cuba arrives at the Venezuelan embassy in Havana to cast his vote (02/12)

Opinion polls have suggested that the result could be close, although surveys in the past have tended to underestimate the level of support Mr Chavez enjoys.

Venezuelan National Guard soldiers line up to vote in the referendum at a polling station in Caracas (02/12)

The past weeks have seen large anti-reform protests and the defection of several Chavez allies, complaining that his reforms go too far.

Voters line up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Petare, Caracas (02/12)

Social changes under the package of reforms would include widening social security benefit to workers in the informal economy.




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