Lula: Venezuela "does not lack democracy"
Sunday, November 18, 2007
In statements to the press on November 14, the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, defended the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, and minimized the incident between him and the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I during the 17th Ibero-American Summit in Chile.
According to Brazil Agency, Lula said after meeting with the president of the Guiné-Bissau: "There is little difference in opinion between King Juan Carlos and Chavez. There are many other differences between heads of State. Divergence is part of a democratic meeting."
The Brazilian President stressed that "Venezuela is a democratic country" and compared it with the United Kingdom: "You can criticize Chavez for anything but lack of democracy in Venezuela. In Venezuela, there were three referendums, three elections, four plebiscites... Why did nobody lament when Margaret Thatcher remained in power for so many years? It's continuity, there is nothing different. Only the system is slightly different, the system of presidential regime to parlamentaristaan. But what matters is not the system, but the exercise of power. "
- "King of Spain tells Hugo Chavez to 'shut up' during summit" — Wikinews, November 12, 2007
This is a complete or partial translation of the article "Lula dice que en Venezuela "no falta democracia"", from the Spanish language Wikinews, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
|This is a complete or partial translation of the article "Lula dice que en Venezuela "no falta democracia"", from the Spanish language Wikinews, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.|
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