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ALBA SUMMIT

ALBA celebrates 8th Anniversary

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the key ceremony

EL UNIVERSAL
Sunday December 16, 2012  09:14 AM

Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the principal ceremony, as part of the commemoration of the eight anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America – Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-PTA), held on Saturday evening at Bolívar Square, downtown Caracas.

Bolivian President Evo Morales; Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer; Primer Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; Vice-President of the Cuban Ministerial Council, Miguel Díaz Canel; Nicaragua's Government Minister Ana Morales, and ex Honduran President Manuel Zelaya showed up for the occasion.

The audience included members of the Venezuelan Executive Cabinet, local authorities and representatives of the public branches. Historian and University Professor Vladimir Acosta started the presentations, state-run news agency AVN reported.
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