Chávez told to be less autocratic11 October 2012
Bishop Baltazar Porras of Mérida has greeted the news of President Hugo Chávez's re-election for a third term in office with a call for less autocracy and more dialogue with his electorate.
The bishop, who is vice president of the bishops' conference, said greater dialogue and more listening was required to end the polarisation that has developed over President Chávez's 14 years in power.
Whoever governs "has the responsibility not to impose laws or rules without taking into account all the those that live in the country," he advised. Chávez changed the law so that he could run for another six years in office. He first took office in 1998.
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