• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil’s Lula in Venezuela Campaigning for Chavez Reelection

Brazil’s newly re-elected leader visited Venezuela on Monday in a show of support for his fellow leftist, President Hugo Chavez, who is himself campaigning for another term in a December 3 vote.

Chavez and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are probably the two most influential men in Latin American politics and have forged a solid relationship despite representing two sides of Latin America’s generally leftist tilt of recent years.

The presidents shook hands enthusiastically and laughed when Lula stepped out of his plane late on Sunday on his first foreign trip since re-election last month.

Chavez, who ordered the arrival to be broadcast live on all national TV stations, put his arm across Lula’s shoulders as they chatted at a red-carpet ceremony to greet each other’s diplomats.

Lula, a former labor union leader, pushes centrist economic policies that have cheered Wall Street and made him a comfortable partner for Washington. Chavez sells most of Venezuela’s oil to the United States but criticizes the superpower for meddling in the region and advocates hard-left socialism.

Lula will promote regional integration with Chavez by inaugurating a Brazilian-built bridge across the Orinoco River and overseeing work by the countries’ state oil companies exploring Venezuela’s vast reserves.

The visit helps blunt opposition criticism of Chavez –  Cuba’s top ally –  that he is out of touch with modern leaders and also provides the impression that his regional diplomacy is producing concrete economic results.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Stinging Gabriel, O Pensador

On his new record Gabriel O Pensador yells, “I don’t sing well. I’m not ...

Brazil Industry Breaks Four-Month Surge, Dropping 2.5%

Industrial production in Brazil fell 2.5% in July, in comparison with June. According to ...

TAM Partners with NHT and Offers Flights to 81 Cities in Brazil

A commercial agreement signed between Brazilian airline TAM and the regional company NHT will ...

The Drunk Who Cracked the Fortress of Brazil’s Dictatorship

I discovered the political relevance of popular music many years ago, listening to Arlo ...

Brazil Will Become a World Power Despite the Big Powers, Says Lula

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reaffirmed that one of his government’s priorities ...

Brazil Sends Over 1,000 Soldiers to Favela to Retrieve Stolen Rifles

Brazilian security forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, have carried out an operation to ...

Brazil Reminds Chavez of Need for Freedom of Expression and Independent Justice

While saying it is a “good friend” of Venezuela and his president, Hugo Chavez, ...

Brazil & Co Welcome Venezuela as Mercosur’s Fifth Member

The Mercosur is about to get its fifth member. Tomorrow, July 4, Brazilian President ...

Ronaldinho Superstar

Well-behaved, patient with the media and autograph seekers, Ronaldinho is not the spoiled rebel ...

Irresponsible and Lazy, Brazilians Like to Live Dangerously

One of the most disturbing aspects of the ongoing scandal involving allegations that Brazil’s ...