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Venezuela Pledges Strengthened Alliance with Bolivia Following Morales Referendum Victory

President Chávez congratulated Bolivian President Evo Morales for advancing South America's "peaceful revolution" (Agencianova)
The Venezuelan government congratulated Bolivian President Evo Morales for a successful national referendum Sunday in which Morales’s presidency was ratified by a record 63.1% of the vote.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Candidates Register For Regional Elections

March in support of Marcos Diaz, PSUV candidate for governor of the state of Merida (Tamara Pearson)
Over the weekend and today, almost all of the candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) registered for the upcoming November 23 state and regional elections in the National Electoral Council (CNE) office, many accompanied by large marches of their supporters.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Ratifies Candidate Disqualifications as Constitutional

Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) issued a long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of disqualifying candidates who are accused of corruption. (Archive)
Venezuela's Supreme Court issued a series of decisions Tuesday and Wednesday that validated the Comptroller General's ruling to temporarily disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of corruption from holding public office.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Pushes for New World Financial System in Argentina

President Lula of Brazil, Kirchner of Argentina, and Chavez of Venezuela meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina to discuss development projects. (Prensa Presidencial)
Countries in South America are constructing a new international financial system, said the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, after meeting with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Brazilian President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva in Buenos Aires on Monday.

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Chávez Signs 26 Law-Decrees on Final Day of Enabling Law Power

President Hugo Chávez and other government officials said the text of the laws and the process by which they were passed are in line with the 1999 constitution.(Archive)
On the final day of the 18-month period during which the Venezuelan National Assembly granted President Hugo Chávez the power to pass laws by decree, Chávez signed 26 new laws regulating the armed forces, public administration, social security system, banks, agricultural production, and the tourism industry.

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Chavez Nationalizes Bank of Venezuela on Last Day of Presidential Decree Period

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced Thursday that the Venezuelan government will nationalize the Bank of Venezuela, the country's third largest bank. Thursday also marked the expiration of Chávez’s 18-month, National Assembly-approved permit to pass law-decrees independently from the National Assembly.

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Venezuela to Represent Latin America in Non-Aligned Movement

118 country delegates at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran commended Venezuela's free elections and called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. (Getty)
Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Nicolás Maduro, was elected to represent Latin America and the Caribbean at the XV Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Iran this week

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Venezuela Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Decision on Disqualified Candidates

Chacao Mayor Leopoldo Lopez surrounded by supporters in front of the Supreme Court, during a protest against his disqualification as candidate, because of corruption charges.  (El Universal)
Venezuelans on both sides of the country’s political divide await with bated breath an imminent decision of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Comptroller General’s disqualification of candidates for public office, due to accusations of corruption.

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Venezuelans Optimistic and 54% Approve of Chávez

58.2% of Venezuelans said they "sympathize" with President Chávez. Education, health care, and international diplomacy are  his strong points, while security, unemployment and corruption are weak points, says the poll. (ABN)
According to a yearly poll called “Iberobarómentro,” 54% of Venezuelans approved of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's management of the country as of last May, and Venezuelans are optimistic about their economic future.

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Venezuela Marketing Coffee through Citgo Gas Stations

Citgo CEO Alejandro Granado and John Sacharok (right), head of Golden Valley Faves to a cup of Venezuelan coffee at a Citgo gas station and convenience store in Brookhaven. (Michael Bryant/Philadephia Inquirer)
The chief executive officer of Citgo Petroleum Corp. and the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States were in Pennsylvania Tuesday at a Citgo gas station and convenience store, to launch what they hope is a lucrative new trade relationship based, not on fuel, but on stimulants.

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Chávez Gives Ultimatum to Socialist Allies as Venezuelan Elections Approach

President Chávez said the parties in the Patriotic Alliance will "disappear" if they try to run their own candidates.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is also the president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), gave a one-week ultimatum to the rest of the parties in the pro-Bolivarian Revolution coalition known as the Patriotic Alliance to decide whether they will unite behind PSUV candidates in the regional and local elections scheduled for November 23rd.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Approves $566 Million in Infrastructure Projects

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stands inside one of the MetroCable cars during his talk show on Sunday. (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez approved funds for the construction of a series of new infrastructure projects on his Sunday talk show Aló Presidente yesterday. The new projects are extensions to the nation-wide mass transit systems already in progress.

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Venezuela Bridges Diplomatic Fissures, Polishes Alliances in European Tour

President Chávez and King Juan Carlos I of Spain mended fences during an hour-long visit on the Mallorca archipelago Friday morning. (EFE)
Rounding off a diplomatic tour of Europe that began with Tuesday’s controversial visit in Russia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez mended relations with the Spanish government, set up a bi-national commerce commission with Portugal, and eliminated visa requirements to facilitate bilateral accords with Belarus this week.

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International Media Distorts Venezuelan Military Deals with Russia, says Chavez

In response to widely circulated international news reports that Venezuela plans to spend $30 billion on Russian weapons and host Russian military bases on its soil, President Hugo Chávez said Wednesday that the reports are false and denounced the international media’s consistent efforts to slander the Venezuelan government.

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Venezuela Strengthens Alliance with Russia to Promote “Polycentrism”

President Chávez discusses cooperation accords with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev Tuesday. (Reuters)
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela met for the first time with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev on Tuesday, to strengthen bilateral relations and discuss economic and military cooperation, which could expand the relationship between Russia and Latin America as a whole.

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