Hugo Chavez had himself the kind of action-packed weekend fit only for a Bolivarian strongman. First, he banned all private gun sales in Venezuela -- limiting hand guns to just police and military forces -- in a move he says will help stem the wave of violent crime in his country. Then, he turned around and rewarded his three millionth Twitter follower with a free house.
Chavez announced his ban on gun ownership on Friday. In Venezuela as in the States, any citizen could get a gun permit and buy a weapon from a dealer. Now, a state-controlled weapons importer and seller will be the only legal source for guns, and only police, security agencies and the military will be able to buy them, the BBC reports.
Chavez's aim? To "disarm all civilians," the BBC writes. Venezuela saw 18,000 homicides last year and Chavez argues that stricter gun control could cut the violence.
Shortly after releasing news of the ban, Chavez turned to his real passion: Twitter. A lucky 19-year-old from Margarita Island named Natalia Valdivieso was the 3 millionth person to click "follow" on Chavez's personal @chavezcandanga account.
Chavez quickly congratulated her:
For all his delightfully Chavez-y antics, though, the Venezuelan president is still dogged by leaks claiming his return bout with cancer is worse than he's revealed. The latest report came on Saturday, via the Spanish daily ABC
The paper claims to have obtained the "latest intelligence reports" on Chavez health and writes that Chavez is doped up on fentanyl, a powerful opiate, to combat the pain of his cancer treatments.
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