Brazil's ex-president Lula: "Chávez should be working on his succession"
"An election was held in Venezuela. There were two candidates, (Henrique) Capriles and Chávez, and I thought Chávez would be the best for Venezuela. Now I also believe that my partner Chávez should star working on his succession," ex-president of Brazil, Lula remarked in an interview published on Thursday by Argentine newspaper La Nación
In an interview published on Thursday by Argentine newspaper La Nación, former president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva remarked that reelected President Chávez "should start working on his succession."
"An election was held in Venezuela. There were two candidates, (Henrique) Capriles and Chávez, and I thought Chávez would be the best for Venezuela. Now I also believe that my partner Chávez should start working on his succession," Lula asserted.
He judged that the fact that the Venezuelan Constitution allows unlimited reelections is detrimental for democracy. "That is why I did not want a third term in office, because I would have wanted a fourth term in office, and then a fifth term. And in democracy, the alternation in power is an achievement for humanity, and therefore, it should be maintained," said Lula.
Lula added that Venezuela has made "great improvements," since President Chávez took over and that "poor people have gained dignity" ever since. He also praised Chávez's role in Latin America. "Before, even toilets were imported from the United States, now (Venezuela) imports from Argentina, Brazil, and other countries. Venezuela started looking at Latin America, that is why I advocated the entry of Venezuela into the Common Market of the South (Mercosur)," Lula highlighted.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."