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Venezuelan and Ecuadorian Presidents Seal Friendship with Joint Declaration

Ecuador’s President Elect Rafael Correa arrived in Venezuela Tuesday to strengthen his friendship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and to sign cooperation commitments. Chavez also supported Correa in opposing Colombian drug fumigation along the Ecuadorian border.

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Venezuelan Workers Demonstrate for Nationalization of Idle Factory

Workers of the occupied factory Sanitarios Maracay marched to Miraflores Palace on last week to demand its nationalization.

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Poll: Venezuelans Have Highest Regard for Their Democracy

Venezuelans view their democracy more favorably than the citizens of all other Latin American countries view their own democracies, except Uruguay, according to a new survey released by the Chilean NGO Latinbarometro last Saturday.

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Attorney General Announces Prosecutions in Political Murder are Suspended

Venezuelan Attorney General Isaías Rodríguez released the results of the investigation to discover the identities of the masterminds behind the murder of public prosecutor Danilo Anderson in 2004. The case will be put on hold, but could be reopened in the event of new evidence.

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Chavez Calls for United Socialist Party of Venezuela

In an event to celebrate the successful reelection of President Chavez, Chavez called on his followers to dissolve their existing parties and to form a new “United Socialist Party of Venezuela.”

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Election Observers Submit First Reports on Venezuelan Presidential Election

The Observer Missions of the OAS and EU submitted their first preliminary reports, which certified that the December 3rd presidential election occurred within a framework of “general normality” and transparency.

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Venezuela and the US Make Tentative Steps Towards Thawing Relations

The Venezuelan and United States governments are taking first tentative steps at reconciliation after several years of cold war. Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro is to meet U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield today.

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Woman gets first Maine delivery of discounted Venezuelan oil

A Venezuelan-funded program that provides discounted heating oil for thousands of needy Mainers kicked off its second season Tuesday, this time without the blessing of Gov. John Baldacci.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Calls for Parties to Unite

Defeated presidential candidate Manuel Rosales yesterday suggested to the different groups and parties within the opposition coalition that supported him that they unite to be a stronger force against the government of Hugo Chávez.

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South American Leaders Hold 2nd Summit for Integration

Leaders of South America’s twelve nations met late last week in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the 2nd South American Summit. On Saturday, they signed the Cochabamba Declaration, which they called the “cornerstone of the South American process integration.”

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Presidents of Venezuela and Peru Re-establish Relations

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has made his peace with his Peruvian counterpart Alan García at the South American Nations summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Begins Four Stop Tour in Brazil

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez began a four stop tour of his Latin American allies in Brazil Thursday when he met President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the capital Brasilia.

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Venezuela Denies Reports on Nationalization of ETA Members

President Hugo Chávez' Government Tuesday gave assurances to Spain that Caracas will not grant the Venezuelan nationality to four members of Basque terrorist group ETA residing in Venezuela and will not pay any damages to two other ETA activists expelled in 2002, diplomatic sources told Efe.

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US Acknowledges Venezuelan Presidential Elections as Democratic

The US government implicitly acknowledged the legitimacy of Venezuela’s December 3rd presidential election on Monday, where Hugo Chávez comfortably retained his position as president for the next 6 years.

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Rosales Announces Opposition Commission for Reform of Constitution

Opposition Leader, Manuel Rosales, may have lost Sunday's elections, but he's not throwing in the towel. Rosales announced yesterday afternoon at a press conference with his leading opposition colleagues that this Thursday he too will call for a commission to initiate proposals for a reform of the Constitution.

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