CARACAS, Wednesday July 26, 2006 | Update
The National Assembly special committee in charge of delving
into the funding of non-governmental organization Súmate
to conduct the opposition primaries Wednesday made an urgent
call for Súmate leaders to appear in the legislature
next August 2nd to provide an explanation regarding the claims
the president of the Venezuelan Exchange Administration Board
(Cadivi) made in connection with the association.
The president of the National Assembly special committee José Albornoz said further investigation is required, but stated that Súmate "has not recorded with Cadivi" for the purposes of purchasing US dollars.
The committee is also to interrogate officials with the Bank Superintendence, the National Customs and Tax Integrated Service (Seniat), and representatives of domestic firms allegedly providing funds to Súmate for the opposition primary election, Albornoz said.
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.