Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday said he would call a referendum in 2010 on ending the presidential term limits if he wins another six-year term in December's election.
He revealed his intention to his supporters who were greeting him upon his return from a foreign tour.
"In the year 2010, when I'm three years into my next term, I will call a referendum" on whether he should stay on and whether the constitution bar on running for subsequent terms would be removed, he said.
"No one will have to go around collecting signatures for this (as) I am going to call the referendum myself," he said, noting the Venezuelan people "should decide on the mandate of the president."
Eliminating the president's term limits requires a change in the constitution, which allows the standing president two consecutive six-year terms in office.