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DIPLOMACY

US proposes holding election "if Chávez is unable to rule"

EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday February 19, 2013  11:43 AM
"If he (President Hugo Chávez) fails to perform his duties, the Venezuelan Constitution provides for elections to choose a new president," said a source who asked for anonymity, AFP reported. 

"We took note of the return of President Chávez to Venezuela and we reaffirm our best wishes for his recovery," the source added.

"Long standing practices in the hemisphere provide for fair and free elections, as well as open and balanced access to the press, which is of the essence for democracy," the US official stated.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.

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