Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Lula Is Not Like Chavez and Castro Won’t Be Absolved

Lula is marking distance from his Venezuelan and Cuban colleagues. With the
presidential elections scheduled for October, he wants to avoid the “Chavez
factor” and position himself as a centrist. The strategy is working. A
recent survey by Dalafolha gives the incumbent candidate a 49% of vote intention versus 25% for conservative candidate Geraldo Alckmin.

Here goes Lula’s quote taken from O Globo and
translated by Venezuela’s El Universal:

“They do not know what to fabricate and here they go with that story of Chavezism. I will not engage in any Chavezism; firstly, because I am not Chávez, and secondly, because this country is not Venezuela. This is a country with traditional institutions”.

O Globo also quoted Lula paraphrasing the famous Castro quote: “History won’t absolve Castro”.


At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never thought of Lula as anything like Chavez. He was certainly radical when he first ran for office, but apparently realized that being a radical doesn't work when trying to run a country and do well for its people.


At 1:52 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I'm still trying to figure out whether Mercosur is big enough for both of them.


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