Venezuela's National Assembly has passed an election law that critics say will favour the party of President Hugo Chavez in polls next year.
The law passed easily in the National Congress, which is dominated by supporters of Mr Chavez.
It allows the National Election Council to redraw voting district boundaries.
Meanwhile, Venezuela's media regulator ordered the closure of 34 radio stations amid a growing feud between the government and the private media.
WHERE'S THE HOLLYWOOD OUTRAGE!?
THEY RESERVE THAT FOR AMERICAN LEADERS OF THE RIGHT.