According to the polling firm Datanálisis, over the course of the past nine months Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's approval rating has increased from 59% to 70.5%. 58.2% of Venezuelans have confidence in the president.
According to a Latin America-wide public opinion survey Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's domestic popularity increased from 25% to 65%, the most impressive rebound in the region. The survey found that the Presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil enjoyed the "most important leader in Latin America" status.
President Chavez once again affirmed that his government is taking Venezuela towards socialism, a socialism that still needed to be constructed for the 21st Century. Rival May Day marches took place again in Caracas and ended without incident.
With the FTAA "in pieces," Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro signed 49 agreements designed to consolidate the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). Also, Venezuela opened branch offices of its state-owned oil company and bank.
The Venezuelan government expropriated a valve factory that had been closed since 2003. The factory, Inveval, is the second ‘recuperated’ factory in a recent campaign to put abandoned and bankrupt factories back into production under worker-state co-management.
Caracas Attorney General Luis Abelardo Velásquez was appointed to head an investigation looking into the state institutions' and private businesses' use of the “Tascon list” in discriminating against or favoring employees and prospective employees whose names appeared on the list.
During a phone interview Nelson Díaz, an ex-Venezuelan prison guard, recounted visits by CIA agents to the cell of convicted Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and the $20,000 bribes they offered in exchange for his escape.
Internal primaries held earlier this month by the governing Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party continue to be hotly contested both within and without. As allegations of irregularities refuse to go away, the MVR risks alienating both its base and its allies in the pro-Chávez camp.
Andrés Izarra, the Venezuelan Minister of Information and Communication predicted that Condoleezza Rice's visit to Latin America would prove unfruitful. He also defended Venezuela's arms purchases in the face of US criticisms and turned the tables to point out alarming trends in US military spending.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that the 35 year old military exchange program between the US and Venezuela has come to an end until the two countries establish mutually transparent relations.
Responding to a New York Times article that said that the oil company was "troubled," Citgo, the Venezuelan-owned company, issued a statement highlighting its exceptionally high profits and its independent audits.