Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been granted new special powers after an extraordinary assembly vote in the main square of the capital, Caracas.
Mr Chavez will now be able to rule by decree for the next 18 months.
His planned reforms will affect the energy sector, telecommunications, the economy and defence, among others.
This is going to be great: I can’t wait to see how dKos and Glen Greenwald, the ACLU and the rest skewer the Latin American kleptocrat for his naked and extra-constitutional power grab. Those guys are soooo good at the whole outrage thing.
Update: Hmm. It’s still pretty fresh, so, you know: Be patient.