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In pictures: Venezuela referendum

Supporters of Hugo Chavez outside the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, 15 February 2009

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez have been celebrating after winning a referendum to remove term limits for elected officials.

Hugo Chavez celebrates his referendum victory on the balcony of the presidential palace, 15 February 2009

The result will allow Mr Chavez to stand for election again when his second term ends in 2012.

Supporters of Hugo Chavez outside the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, 15 February 2009

Mr Chavez has been in power for 10 years. He was re-elected in 2006 and remains popular with many Venezuelans because of his spending on health and education.

Supporters of Hugo Chavez outside the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, 15 February 2009

The president says he needs to stay in power to complete his socialist revolution.

Opponents of Hugo Chavez after hearing referendum results, 15 February 2009

But opponents say the constitutional change will concentrate ever more power in Mr Chavez's hands, allowing him to stay in office indefinitely.

A soldier gives instructions to voters waiting outside a Caracas polling station

Earlier, people in the capital, Caracas, formed long queues at polling stations as they waited to cast their votes.

Voters look for their names on voters lists outside a polling station in Caracas

An electoral official said more than 11 million voters out of almost 17 million who were eligible took part in Sunday's referendum, which passed off peacefully.



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