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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez last night called for dramatic changes to Venezuela's constitution, delivering a key address on reforms that are expected to allow him to be re-elected indefinitely.
BASRA, Iraq — Governance has ground to a halt in this southern oil capital, with Basra's two largest parties arguing over the legitimacy of the provincial governor while militias and gangs take over the streets.
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PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party won a clear parliamentary majority yesterday in elections seen as crucial to his vision for opening up France's economy, although the opposition thwarted a landslide victory by capitalizing on voter fears of giving Mr. Sarkozy too much power.
In order to pass the bold reforms that would "make a break with the ideas, the customs and the behavior of the past," French President Nicolas Sarkozy first needed his political party to win a majority parliament. After the first round of voting on Sunday, he appears well on his way toward achieving that, with pollsters predicting that the center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) could take between 383 and 470 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly. His UMP won 40 percent of the vote, while the Socialist Party struggled, winning only 25 percent. The run-off is on Sunday.
PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy's government yesterday announced details of a $15 billion master plan to shock the economy back to life, the first part of his ambitious economic and social reform drive.