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Chavez Compares Brazil’s Lula to Jesus and Sees Venezuela in Mercosur

Lula in Venezuela There was a love fest this Friday between presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and Venezuelan Hugo Chavez during a visit the Brazilian leader paid to Venezuela. Lula stressed the leadership of Chavez and praised him for building a richer more independent country.

But it was Chavez the most enthusiastic of both, comparing Lula to Jesus Christ. The leaders visited together a soy field in El Tigre where Brazilian technology is being used. Chavez was happy mainly due to the fact that Brazil Senate's foreign relations committee has approved the admission of Venezuela into the South American common market, the Mercosur.

"President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva came as Christ, announcing the good news," said Chavez. "It is beneficial to all to create a large market for South America. Mercosur is going to become a new hub of economic power."

Earlier Chavez had said that he deplores the fact that Lula has to leave the government of Brazil in January 2011 and defended the idea that he be reelected for a third mandate. He added, however, that he is sure that chief of staff minister Dilma Rousseff, hand-picked by Lula to succeed him, will be the next  Brazilian president.

"I lament that Lula get out from the government. Why does he have to leave?  If a president governs well and has 80% of popular approval, why does he have to leave?," asked Chavez,

The final vote on Brazil Senate's floor is expected in the next two weeks and both presidents seem confident Venezuela will be accepted by the Brazilian legislature. The admission has been approved by the Argentinean and Uruguayan parliaments but the motion still needs to be ratified by the group's fourth member, Paraguay.

"From the moral, economic and political point of view," said Chavez, "I already consider Venezuela territory of Mercosur."

Brazil's government-controlled oil and gas multinational Petrobras announced that it had concluded a deal with Venezuela's PDVSA to construct and operate a refinery in northeast Brazil.

Petrobras said in a statement to the Brazilian securities regulator that it has concluded negotiations with PDVSA for a joint venture that will build and operate the 230.000-barrel-per-day Abreu e Lima refinery in Brazil's Pernambuco state.

The deal was made by Petrobras' director of gas and energy, Maria das Graças Foster, during Lula's visit to Venezuela.

Petrobras will have a 60% stake in the joint venture while Venezuela will have 40% and each partner will supply 50% of the crude oil for the refinery. Although the cost of the refinery was initially estimated at US$ 4.5 billion, it is being revised and sources with knowledge of the project estimate that the cost may exceed US$ 10 billion.

The refinery is expected to be completed by 2011, according to preliminary estimates, although Petrobras has not confirmed if that timeline is still current. Low sulphur diesel will be the main refined product produced at the refinery, the Petrobras said.

The refinery was conceived to process crude from a PDVSA-Petrobras joint venture in the Carabobo region of Venezuela's Orinoco belt, but it has taken years for the two companies to come to an agreement on the terms of the partnership.

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  • Leo Bonneville

    Lets be Serious…
    Lula is about as smart as it gets.. Why would he want someone like Chavez running around wild, making deals with terrorist nations and continuing to impose these ridiculous laws in his country and others around him..

    Congress realized that its better to keep him close, making deals with Brazil rather than elsewhere.

    everyone knows you keep your friends close and your enemy’s closer.. Lula is a great people’s person, and he knows how to deal with Chavez..

    Hopefully this brings move jobs for Brazilians which in turn brings people out of poverty.

    Ch.C its ok if 1 or 2 or maybe even 3 Brazilian Men hurt you, the key is you keep trying until you find one that doesn’t and treats you like the princess you are…Ha Ha.

    Leo Bonneville

  • Mr. Charlie

    The Two Dwarves
    Lula is an illiterate elf and Chavez is a cokehead would-be dictator. Thankfully their people are mostly illiterate peasants themselves so they can get away with it.

  • AUGUSTUS SEVERUS

    INTERESTING REPORT FOR BRAZILIANS (IN PORTUGUESE) MADE BY PROF. FERNANDO SAMPAIO (SECTOR OF STRATEGY, INTELLIGENCE & DEFENSE
    Unfortunately, the clip is in Portuguese, but it correctly (and clearly) assesses the negative anti-Brazilian posture currently adopted by BOLIVIA, VENEZUELA AND PARAGUAY

    LINK ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVKFiH2txz0

  • AUGUSTUS SEVERUS

    Flabbergasted and Devastated by Chavez acceptance in MERCOSUL
    Although Leo BonevilleÀ¢€™s following statement is correct, and generally appliesÀ¢€¦
    [quote]everyone knows you keep your friends close and your enemy’s closer[/quote]
    Sometimes the enemy is so clever and implacable that those keeping him À¢€œcloseÀ¢€Â might be unable to control and could be outmaneuvered at any given timeÀ¢€¦
    As such, as already stated various times, despite my repeated strong disapproval of the socialist, corrupt Labor (PT) administration currently À¢€œrulingÀ¢€Â Brazil (out of a Jet plane, since he the creature is hardly ever in Brasilia), I can scarcely recall any other previous deviant policy of this inept government, than the blinded support, cooperation, and servile attitude towards Caracas (and the Brutal animal in charge).
    I fear that Brazilians are likely to pay, at some point a very high price for the unbelievable, treacherous, and shameful support the Brazilian government consistently it provides to the Monstrous Dictator, master oppressor of Venezuela. Concluding, I will quote the wise words of Mickinrio, as they fully reflect my exact views on this matter: [quote][i][b]Chavez is a snake and can finance those who would help him strengthen his influence.
    These are more dangerous times for Brazil. A strong and now emboldened Chavez is only TROUBLE!! [/b][/i][/quote] Unfortunately it may be time for our nation to cryÀ¢€¦ and be afraid, VERY AFRAIDÀ¢€¦

  • ..

    [quote]Some fools know not how to address the questions[/quote]

    What are your questions?

  • Lidia

    Only fools attack personally ..,
    Some fools know not how to address the questions but only to attack personally.

  • ..

    [quote]We suffered under Military Dictatorship and many died for freedom.[/quote]

    Did any of your friends or relatives die for freedom? If so are you getting a fat pension from the government as the next kin of the victims?

  • Mickinrio

    Basic rules have been broken!!
    A trading block such as Mercosur and the European Union have certain rules for membership. Members have to uphold Democratic principles – that is the reason Turkey is denied membership of the EU,which it has been trying to join for decades.

    Chavez has broken so many basic Democratic principles.

    People may think Lula is smart – but abandoning these principles for apparent financial gain does not work in the long run – history teaches us this.

    We suffered under Military Dictatorship and many died for freedom.But Dictatorship takes many forms. Freedom is delicate and is so easily lost.
    Chavez is a snake and can finance those who would help him strengthen his influence.

    These are more dangerous times for Brazil. A strong and now emboldened Chavez is only TROUBLE!!

  • ..

    [quote]Hopefully this brings move jobs for Brazilians which in turn brings people out of poverty. [/quote]

    Sure, we can move Brazilian small farmers into Venezuela and let Chavez help them out of poverty, as Ricardo is proposing.

    [quote]Lula is a great people’s person, and he knows how to deal with Chavez.. [/quote]

    He is as great as you are or you are greater than he is. You remind me of some upper middle class pricks that were dubbed “Caras pintadas” in the early 90À‚´s by the press. Easy to chant the glories your “rulers” sitting in Utah,my friend. The ground reality is quite different.

  • ch.c.

    “I lament that Lula get out from the government. Why does he have to leave? If a president governs well and has 80% of popular approval, why does he have to leave?,” asked Chavez.
    HAHAHA

    MR CHAVEZ THIEF WANTS HIS ROBING HOOK COMPANION TO STAY FOR MORE YEARS OF STEALING TOGETHER !!

    JUNKIES. !!! BRA-ZERO !

    ALL THOSE UNFAITHFUL BRAZILIAN MEN ARE JUNKIES !!! NEVER EVER HAVE SEX WITH ONE OF THEM !

    PATHETIC JUNKIES !

  • Mickinrio

    “Why does Lula have to leave”
    “I lament that Lula get out from the government. Why does he have to leave? If a president governs well and has 80% of popular approval, why does he have to leave?,” asked Chavez.
    This is the way of thinking of a Dictator.Who cares about the Constitution – and Lula praises this?
    Mercosur welcomes this Dictator?
    Lula stressed the leadership of Chavez and praised him for building a richer more independent country.
    This is simply untrue.
    Chavez is destroying Venezuela and pocketing its wealth to consolidate his own personal power.To hell with Democracy.
    Its very unfortunate that our president is rewarding his bad behavior.

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