Venezuelan voters said Chavez doesn't have to go, giving him a 54% win in a referendum on whether he could run again after his current term ends in 2013.
Chavez said he would like to stay in power until 2045, when he will be 95. He wants to consolidate what he calls his "socialist revolution."
Opponents complain that under Chavez inflation is rampant, the Venezuelan currency has collapsed, anti-Semitism and other hate crimes have increased and crime has skyrocketed.
Chavez faces economic problems both at home and abroad, due to the 75% decline in the price of oil, but he remains popular with many poor Venezuelans. He is closely allied with Evo Morales in Bolivia and the Castro brothers in Cuba and has been working to develop good relations with small countries in the region, including Belize.