Friday, January 06, 2006

Evo and Hugo

From the Economist:

Evo Morales, a leftist who won Bolivia's recent presidential election, visited Venezuela, where he pledged to join President Hugo Chávez in fighting “neoliberalism and imperialism”. Mr Chávez offered to give Bolivia diesel in return for farm products.


Blogger Camilo Pino said...

That Hugo Chavez is Evo Morale’s mentor comes to no surprise. Hugo Chavez and perennial dictator Fidel Castro have groomed Morales for long time, and Chavez has invested million of Venezuelan petrodollars in the Bolivian leader. But Chavez´s protectorate of Evo Morales is showing to be a bit obsessive. After their last summit in Venezuela he provided him with a complimentary armed security force to escort Morales all the way to Spain.

Spanish authorities where dismayed when they met the armed guard in Madrid. The bodyguards where allowed to enter Spain under two conditions, no weapons and no accompanying Morales.

1/06/2006 11:10 PM  
Anonymous eduardo said...

I would say that Lula da Silva is just as big, if not bigger influence on Morales than Chavez. It is far too easy to make bigger headlines by associating Morales with Chavez. Morales + Lula? Boring.

However, the incoming administration has been very clear that they welcome help and solidarity from sister countries, but they will not be dependent on any country including Cuba and Venezuela. Receiving aid for education and health is welcome and it appears not be conditioned, which is a habit of other countries that have offered aid.

Back during the campaign, MAS criticized heavily a Venezuelan diplomat who mettled in the internal affairs of Bolivia by criticizing Morales' opponent.

1/07/2006 4:09 PM  

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