CARACAS, Tuesday August 22, 2006 | Update
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva does not
want to be compared with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chávez.
Additionally, he is certain that, as opposed to Cuban ruler
Fidel Castro, people, not the history, will absolve him, Brazilian
newspapers reported Tuesday.
Lula made the two references during a speech on Monday night in a private meeting in Rio de Janeiro with artists supporting his candidacy for re-election in the polls of October 1st, daily O Globo stated, as quoted by Efe.
Lula rebutted criticism of some opponents, who argue that in case of being re-elected, Lula's second term will be premised on Chávez' populist administration.
"They do not know what to fabricate and here they go with that story of Chavezism. I will not engage in any Chavezism; firstly, because I am not Chávez, and secondly, because this country is not Venezuela. This is a country with traditional institutions," the ruler maintained.
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.