CARACAS, Thursday April 20, 2006 | Update
Workers' Confederation of Venezuela (CTV) Secretary-General
Manuel Cova said Venezuela withdrawal from the Andean Community
of Nations (CAN) would impact negatively on two million Venezuelans.
"The President of the Republic cannot act on key issues for Venezuelans according to his political interests," said Cova, who thinks Venezuela withdrawal from CAN should have been consulted with workers and businessmen.
The president of the CTV said that Venezuela's decision to leave CAN affect almost two million Venezuelans who benefit from trade among its member countries.
On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez decreed CAN death during a working meeting with the Presidents of Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia held in Asunción, Paraguay's capital city.
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.