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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Pro-Chávez rally held in Venezuela

Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean attended the event in support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez

Presidents of Bolivia, Uruguay and Nicaragua accompanied Vice-President Nicolás Maduro and other members of President Hugo Chávez's cabinet (Photo: Efe)
EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday January 10, 2013  04:35 PM
Accompanied by the Bolivian and Uruguayan heads of state and other leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro led a pro-Chávez mass rally held in Caracas on Thursday in support of the continuity of Hugo Chávez's Government, as ruled by Venezuela's top court. The rally began with a recording of the voice of President Hugo Chávez singing the National Hymn.

Addressing Chávez's supporters, Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo said, "I am confident that our comrade Hugo is the person most interested in being here, but who says he is not here? He is in every woman, peasant..."   

For his part, Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said, on behalf of oil alliance Petrocaribe and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), that Venezuela may rely on a true friend, Dominica.

Likewise, senior officials representing Argentina and Haiti addressed supporters to express their support to Hugo Chávez's Government.

Similarly, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Prime Minister Raph Gonsalves extolled the Venezuelan people's "discipline" and the "support" expressed to President Chávez.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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