George Galloway has rubbished the idea that Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship, saying the country's Socialist regime has won more elections than any other regime in history.
The country's constitution is to be redrawn following a recent election, and there are fears that President Nicolas Maduro will gain a raft of new powers - fears exacerbated by the recent arrest of two leading opposition activists.
Galloway told a caller that he was firmly opposed to dictatorship, saying "some of them work for a little while, none of them work for long," while quoting Winston Churchill's line that "democracy is the worst political system apart from all the others."
Turning to the specific allegations against the Venezuelan regime, Galloway said "the government of Maduro, and before him Chavez, has won more elections than anybody in all of human history.
"If they're dictators they're the most elected dictators in the history of the world."
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