Venezuela's opposition has started the ball rolling yet again to oust embattled President Hugo Chávez before the next scheduled elections in 2006. On Oct. 31, opposition parties will launch a four-day signature drive to gain support for a recall referendum on Chávez's rule. If they gain the support of at least 2.4 million voters -- 20% of the electorate -- a referendum on Chávez's presidency will likely be scheduled in February. That could lead to a presidential election in March. Chávez will no doubt use all his legal and bureaucratic powers to fight the recall vote. But he faces an uphill battle. More than 60% of Venezuela's voters say they would cast their ballot against the president.
Edited by Rose Brady