The World Social Forum held in Venezuela "is part of the
way that will take us to the 21st Century Socialism," Brazilian
pro-government Partido de los Trabajadores (PT) stated in
a press release issued Wednesday, as quoted by AFP.
During a press conference, PT Secretary-General Raul Pont jumped in defense of the government of President Hugo Chávez. "It has adopted crucial measures for his country."
"Chávez has been accused of being authoritarian and a dictator, but he just won elections," the leader added.
PT also expressed "immense happiness for the election and inauguration of President Evo Morales in Bolivia and Michelle Bachelet in Chile."
"With this, governments become an integral part of a block composed already of Hugo Chávez, Néstor Kirchner, (Brazilian President) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and (Uruguayan President) Tabaré Vázquez, who head leftwing, progressive governments, the cooperation of which should be further consolidated, and the number of which is intended to be larger in 2006," the communiqué noted.
HYDROCARBONS Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez discussed on Monday with Russian authorities the status of the oil market and the sustained plunge in oil prices, the Venezuelan Foreign Office reported.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
PDVSA Russian oil giant Rosneft said on Monday that it had signed a new oil and byproducts supply agreement with Venezuelan state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).