CARACAS, Tuesday May 31, 2005 | Update
The meeting took place at the Oval Office (Photo: White House)
The United States President George W. Bush Tuesday met with
María Corina Machado, founder and executive director of
NGO Súmate, in the Oval Office of the White House.
Machado briefed Bush on the alleged antidemocratic tendency of Hugo Chávez' government, reported DPA.
"In the last month we have seen a very worsened tendency on the part of the government to violate principles of democracy, such as the rule of law, such as respect for basic and human rights, and the possibility of having free and just elections," Machado told reporters after the meeting.
Machado ensured that she did not request US funds or a Bush's government intervention to overthrow Chávez, because "that's clearly something that would be against promoting democracy."
The Súmate leader arrived in the US in order to take part in the upcoming Organization of American States General Assembly, to be held from June 5 to 7 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a representative of the Venezuelan civil society.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.