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02-16-2009, 08:50 PM

As Americans celebrate Presidents’ Day, supporters of Hugo Chavez celebrate the passage of a constitutional amendment removing term-limits in Venezuela. Chavez, who hopes to remain in office until 2021, has himself just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his presidency. The victory, in which even the brave folks at Caracas Chronicles admit he “positively slaughtered” the opposition, readies Chavez to join the ranks of other indefinite presidents:

* Omar Bongo in Gabon (since 1967)
* Teodoro Obiang Nguema in Equatorial Guinea and José Eduardo dos Santos in Angola (since 1979)
* Hosni Mubarak in Egypt (since 1981)
* Yoweri Museveni in Uganda (since 1986)
* Ben Ali in Tunisia (since 1987)
* Islam Karimov in Uzbekistan, Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan, and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen (since 1990)
* Omar al-Bashir in Sudan (since 1993)
* Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria (since 1999)
* Bashar al-Assad in Syria (since 2001)
* Raul Castro in Cuba (since 2008).