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Fri May 5, 2017, 10:26 AM

Venezuela's 'anti-capitalist' constitution

With hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets daily and international pressure mounting, embattled President Nicolas Maduro is doing something that once seemed unthinkable: Tearing up the constitution written by his beloved political godfather, the late President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez pushed through what he called an "anti-capitalist" constitution soon after he launched his socialist revolution here in 1999. Maduro's move to rewrite that charter could allow him to postpone elections he was sure to lose. But many are appalled that he wants to mess with one of Chavez's signature acts as president. How did a constitution come to be so important in a country that's rewritten its founding document more than two dozen times?

Here's a look at Chavez's constitution and why it's such a big deal in Venezuela:


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