Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) of July 24
The words uttered by former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva in his message at the Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas: "Thanks, comrade, for all that you have done for Latin America. Your victory will be our victory," were helpful to launch a worldwide propaganda to flatter the caudillo
CIMEQ. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez accepted the invitation of his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rouseff to the Mercosur summit next Tuesday, July 31, in Brasilia. I have been informed from Cuba that before or after this date the impatient patient will discreetly arrive at CIMEQ in Havana for his late checkup and PET scan.
RED CRISTAL BALLS. The words uttered by former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva in his message to the latest meeting of global pimps at the Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas: "Thanks, comrade, for all that you have done for Latin America. Your victory will be our victory," were helpful to launch on Tuesday, July 24, the anniversary of the birth of "the other Bolívar," the original one, a worldwide advertising offensive to flatter the caudillo. The extolling phrase will be the framework for press releases and speeches in visited cities where placards and banners with Chávez's face of two years ago will be posted. Legends in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese, read: "Hugo Chávez, your victory will be our victory!"
HAPPY TRAVELLERS. Nothing better than the United States, the cradle of capitalism, to which we buy even gasoline, for Deputy for Portuguesa, Francisco Torrealba to compare New York City with Guanare, and the favorite writer of the regime, Luis Britto García, a bon vivant a happy traveler since the times of the Fourth Republic, to hurl his admonishments at gringos. In Nicaragua, Deputy for Trujillo Christian Zerpa, a propagandist of the (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) ALBA, and the premature old man Xoan Noya, as a representative of the youth of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), will appear. The ineffable Pedro Lander and Deputy for Lara Julio Chávez landed already in Salvador. Colombia will be visited by Deputy Roy Daza, the everlasting hopeful for Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy for Guárico Jesús Cepeda. Freddy Bernal, originally appointed to Havana, seems to go to Quito instead. He will be replaced in Cuba by Earle Herrera. Indigenous Deputy Nohelí Pocaterra, together with her colleague for Trujillo state Julio Moreno, will head for Peru. With his anti-imperialist wording, red Deputy Saúl Ortega will show up in Brazil. In Bolivia, the Secretary of the National Indigenous Council, Deputy Raúl Tempo, will make a presentation before his Bolivian counterparts. Deputy Marelis Pérez will change Monagas for Chile, accompanied by the ex-husband of Deputy Cilia Flores and the father of her children, Parlatino Deputy Walter Gaviria. The land of Ms. CK will be greeted by peasant and fisherman, Deputy Braulio Álvarez, in company with oil-sector unionist Wills Rangel. Communist ex Congress Speaker Fernando Soto Rojas and failed First Minister of Electric Energy, Deputy Ángel Rodríguez, are already in Uruguay. They also have plans to meet with President José Mujica. (...) In short, an expensive dance troup to announce -as lousy, contracted opinion polls- that their premonitions, dreams, "wishful thinking" and even nightmares anticipate that Chávez will smash a record and get a landslide vote in October 7.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
The very early morning after the presidential election (April 15), both candidates requested the National Electoral Council (CNE) to conduct a full audit of the process: one, Henrique Capriles, because he asserts that the election results are different from the ones announced, and the other one, Nicolás Maduro, in order to clear any doubt regarding his victory, and to reinforce his political stance. Nevertheless, as it is already known, President Maduro changed his mind.