The United States is threatening the small Central American country of El Salvador with financial repercussions for having supported Venezuela's campaign seeking the repeal of sanctions against the country.
In this interview, Marta Harnecker discusses the possibilities for radical transformation in El Salvador under the new government of Salvador Sanchez Ceren. She compares the experience in El Salvador with that of Venezuela, and explains the impact Venezuela has had on progressive movements in the region.
El Salvador was confirmed this morning as an official member of Petrocaribe, an alliance forged by late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez with many Caribbean states to promote economic and social integration by trading oil at preferential prices.
On Sunday Juan Carlos Varela was announced the victor of Panama’s presidential electoral race, with 39.2% of the popular vote. Just hours after the results were announced, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called to offer a renewal of diplomatic relations between the two nations, to be recognized as soon as Varela takes office on 1 July.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ebulliently congratulated president-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador’s FMLN party, who yesterday was declared winner by just 6,000 votes after a tense electoral race. But his well-wishing may be premature.
Funes, the president-elect of El Salvador, made a formal visit to Venezuela to
meet with President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday. In a meeting that lasted more than
five hours, the two leaders discussed deepening cooperation between the two
countries, especially regarding oil.