Meanwhile, mindful of the fate that has befallen other repressive socialist regimes, he is making extensive purchases of Russian weapons to arm his supporters. ? Clearly, Chavez plans to stay in office, preferably by a rigged vote – he’s up for re-election in December – but by other means if necessary. – Scripps Howard News Service 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez likes being president so much he’s arranging to stay in charge indefinitely, much in the manner of his hero and mentor, Fidel Castro. While this may be good for Chavez’s boundless ego, it’s bad for Venezuela. Chavez has presented another rewrite of the country’s constitution – he rewrote it earlier after first being elected in 1998 – to the tame National Assembly. This latest version would abolish the current two-term limit and extend a presidential term from six to seven years. ?