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Brazil Congress Scolds Chí¡vez But Opens Door to Venezuela’s Mercosur Entry

Venezuela's chief Hugo Chávez The Brazilian Lower House Constitution and Justice Committee passed on Wednesday, November 21, a motion for the long awaited incorporation of Venezuela to the South American trade block, Mercosur. However Venezuelan membership still faces a full debate in the House and must convince the Brazilian Senate.

The debate held prior to the vote disclosed a strong divide among members of the Lower House regarding the political situation in Venezuela, which is proving an increasingly controversial issue for the block's four countries, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

The chairman of the committee, Paulo Salim Maluf, who sponsored the proposal and although he presented Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez as a "candidate to dictator", he recommended his colleagues to approve the initiative claiming it was in the interest of Brazil.

"It's in the interest of Brazil to promote regional political, economic, social and cultural integration, and on the other hand we can't let the Venezuelan people down," argued Maluf. The final vote was 44 to 17.

Next December 2, Venezuelans will be voting in a plebiscite on a sweeping constitutional reform sponsored by Chavez that would grant him extraordinary powers such as indefinite re-election, access to Central Bank funds, limit private property and also contemplates the arrest of whoever slanders the president or the country.

Brazil's Lower House Foreign Relations and National Defense Committee approved Venezuela's membership on October 24 by a vote of 15 to 1, with 1 abstention. The matter will now go to a vote on the floor of the House. If approved, it will be sent to the Senate.

However the reaction of the Brazilian Senate is still uncertain since earlier this year Chavez called Brazilian senators "puppets of the (US) empire" and "oligarchs" more interested "in their pockets than the people".

Chavez was furious with the Senate for having voted a declaration in support of Venezuela's oldest (and most critical) television channel, Radio Caracas Television, which he refused to renew the license therefore forcing it out of the air.

Some Brazilian senators argue that Venezuela does not comply with Mercosur "democracy commitment" clause. But an unidentified staff member from the Brazilian Congress said Venezuela's incorporation would be voted "before the end of the year".

So far the legislatives of Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela have approved the incorporation; pending are Brazil and Paraguay.

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  • Forrest Allen Brown

    shelly
    brasil is more of a demagog not a democry

    when you talk about taking land from the britts you must learn too doge bullits

    chaves has also sent his people ot invade the lands of forin compaines and farmers

    you are domed to fail if you dont stand up too him
    he is mad because his daddy castro sold out to the chinese for oil rights in cuban waters
    not him

  • shelly

    sorry
    Sorry, tried to use your quotes to respond to yours and somehow pressed the enter on my comp.

    Anyway: Brazil is a very young democracy, we are still learning how to walk. I don’t think we are a fully mature-if that exists, democracy. For Venezuela, “what is mine is mine and what is yours was never yours, it was an illusion.

  • shelly

    AES
    “[b]Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay are inviting the fox into the hen house. In this case the hens are the democratic, bicamaral, duely elected Executive: and the Fox is Venezuela can no longer be a true friend. Chavez’s true friendship lies with himself with his grand personal vision of Venezuela, and by consequence South America. A Venezuela under his complete command. A South America under his paternal guidence. Viva El Duce. There can be no alternative views, it is the nature of such Chauvanism Chavezism. Beware the scorpion’s sting (one million man army, millions of assault rifles, Russian fighters, submarines. These bode ill for anyone who has an opinion counter to Chavez’s. Guyana is the first to experience this absolutismm this new sting. This new shadow lurking, this usurper of private property. This neo “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”

  • shelly

    Ch.c.
    “Zimbabwe has Noooo oil contrary to Venezuela.”

    Zimbabwe collapsed because Mugabe is a crazy man. As you know, throwing the white farmers out of the country only brought desperation and chaos. Zimbabwe used to be a thriving country with a great economy. My brother-in-law (the actuary) used to go there a lot and had to cancel deals and trips due to security reasons. Mugabe’s actions resonated far beyond its borders. Also, he is not allowing aid to get in the country and people are starving. No wonder the currency and the economy collapsed.

    As I said, Brazil cannot keep Venezuela out. We are doomed if we do and doomed if we don’t.

  • shelly

    Forrest
    “US GB franc would stop him if the army needed help”

    I think you better forget it. Knowing the Brits myself and knowing their opinion on current situation, I don’t think our chancellor of exchequer would get involved in another war The Brits are fed-up about the Iraq war and cannot wait to see the troops back home. I am afraid you guys would be in by yourselves, Bush’s Poodle is out, new dog is a Scottie they don’t take bullshit from anyone.

  • shelly

    the truth of the matter is…
    Brazil cannot keep Venezuela out, we don’t have the balls to say no.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]And if Brazil vote yess for Venezuela…this is different from a war or invasion, but an open invitation.[/quote]

    Quite an interesting statement from Ch.c. He seems to share the opinion of Paulo Maluf. Keep talking Ch.c. But, Ch.c, how do you explain the Venezuelan incursion into Guyana? It must be a new experience for you to get involved in Geopolitics 😉

  • ch.c.

    Hmmmmm !
    To AES : your “forever into the future seek the expansion of their ideas as this is the raison d’etre of their philosophies.”
    Just as true for every nation from left, center or right, developed or developing nation.
    Dont misunderstand me, I am not a pro-Chavez. Here you have a guy so “smart” that Venezuela is the only country in the world (with Zimbabwe) who had their currencies collapse against the weak US$ during the last 4 years. But Zimbabwe has Noooo oil contrary to Venezuela.
    But at the end You will accept or not “the candidate dictator” in Your club.

    To Forrest : sorry but to my knowledge there was never a vote from invaded countries to welcome Japaneses or Germans.
    And if Brazil vote yess for Venezuela…this is different from a war or invasion, but an open invitation.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    first a little toe
    like japan & germany

    wants to see the world reaction , if none he will add the rest of the foot .then look

    soon he will move in

    if the US does something it will be picking on the little man and its hatetrid for chave
    and may even get iran to start something with the US in iraq ( bad move on there part ) good for the US

    the war machines in SA all though small should mark a line and not be affraid to stop chaves
    as the US GB franc would stop him if the army needed help

    if not them me and some of my friends would love to come play in the bushes for a while

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Guyana is the first to experience this absolutismm this new sting. This new shadow lurking, this usurper of private property. This neo “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”[/quote]

    I wonder if the members of the house even came to know about the Chavez’s incursion into Guyana.

  • AES

    Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay are inviting the fox into the hen house. In this case the hens are the democratic, bicamaral, duely elected Executive: and the Fox is the cohersive, militaristic, totalitarianism of the evolving Venezuelan state and its Emporer in becoming. Venezuela should be engaged, but with the understanding that all such countries now and forever into the future seek the expansion of their ideas as this is the raison d’etre of their philosophies. All Fascisms are never content, throughout all of History to not attempt to expand and subvert the surrounding democracies. Venezuela can no longer be a true friend. Chavez’s true friendship lies with himself with his grand personal vision of Venezuela, and by consequence South America. A Venezuela under his complete command. A South America under his paternal guidence. Viva El Duce. There can be no alternative views, it is the nature of such Chauvanism Chavezism. Beware the scorpion’s sting (one million man army, millions of assault rifles, Russian fighters, submarines. These bode ill for anyone who has an opinion counter to Chavez’s. Guyana is the first to experience this absolutismm this new sting. This new shadow lurking, this usurper of private property. This neo “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.”

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