CARACAS, Tuesday October 18, 2011 | Update
Presidential primaries

Leopoldo López: I can and I will run for president

"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength and faith," said the leader of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party

Leopoldo López thanked the political leaders who supported his cause (File photo: Gustavo Bandres)
Tuesday October 18, 2011  01:47 PM

Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Chacao municipality and national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) party, announced on Tuesday that he will run for the presidential primary election, because he only needs the popular will to legitimize his nomination.

"We have not come to ask for permission. We have come to ask the Venezuelan people to join us with hope, strength, and faith," said the opposition leader.

The former mayor added that he will not negotiate his rights. "Those who think that they are going to force us to kneel down while they try to snatch our rights are wrong. Dignity will wear the presidential sash in 2012. Rights are not negotiable."

López said that he will continue touring the country "with a proposal of peace, welfare and progress" and with a platform that has been named "For a better Venezuela."

This is all there is

A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.

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