Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"Yes" victory in Costa Rica viewed as defeat for Chavez

The yes vote given last Sunday by Costa Rica in a referendum on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States was a "defeat" for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said The Washington Post on Tuesday.

"The victory probably would have been wider if not for the release, late in the campaign, of a regrettable internal memo showing that the yes campaign, led by President Oscar Arias, was thinking of trying to expand its margin by stoking voter fears of such free-trade opponents as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez," the daily newspaper wrote in an editorial quoted by AFP.

"The fact remains, though, that the referendum was a defeat for Mr. Chavez and his populist 'Bolivarian Alternative' to trade with the United States," said The Post. Over the last months, the daily has backed all the trade agreements that are to be ratified by the US Congress, such as the agreements with Peru, Colombia and Panama.

Note: Hugo Chavez's influence in the referendum has been proven again and again even though some people of the NO to CAFTA have tried to deny it or even minimize it. It's a fact that some of the leaders of the NO have even visited Venezuela and attended political acts there.

One of them was congressman Jose Merino del Rio who has even admitted openly that he supports the "Bolivarian Government of Venezuela," after the newspaper Al Dia published on May 1 that he attended a gathering of leftitst movements in Venezuela that were promoting Hugo Chavez's ALBA. If you want to take a look at Merino in Venezuela and hear him giving his support to Hugo Chavez's government click here to open a Youtube video IN SPANISH.

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