[Venezuelanalysis.com's Chris Carlson reports on the further steps taken this week in the formation of the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presided over the swearing in of thousands of new "promoters" of the party at an event in Caracas on Thursday. --Ed]
Formation of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela Moves Forward
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com
April 21, 2007
Merida, April 20, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)-- Venezuela President Hugo Chávez took another step on Thursday in the formation of the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). The President presided over the swearing in of thousands of new "promoters" of the party at an event in Caracas. During his speech, Chávez called out to two pro-Chávez governors who oppose the PSUV to join the opposition, and called on voters in their states to revoke their mandates.
The formation of the new party moved forward yesterday with the swearing in of more than 16,000 "promoters" of the party. This is part of the second step in the formation process. The first step in the process took place in March with the designation and swearing in of the first wave of "promoters."
The second stage, which began on March 24th and lasts until June 24th, entails the activation of promoters across the country to discuss the PSUV. These promoters of the party have the responsibility of carrying out the census and registration of party members and motivating the participation of the people. Party members will then elect representatives to a Founding Congress which will design the political program and ideology of the party.
The President announced that registration for the party will begin on April 29th and will last until June 2nd. He also said that the National Electoral Council (CNE) will supervise the process. The PSUV hopes to reach 70,000 promoters to be sworn in on May 26th who will then make up the "socialist battalions."
"This bigger group will then make up the 22,000 socialist battalions all over the country to organize the party on a national level," said Chávez. Each of the battalions will then elect a spokesperson for the party assembly.
Chávez, who first proposed the idea of a United Socialist Party during his 2006 presidential campaign, emphasized the importance of the creation of a unitary force and stressed that the Bolivarian Revolution needs true revolutionaries.
"A tree that is born crooked never straightens its branches," he said to the party promoters yesterday, urging the promoters not to deviate from revolutionary principles. "Let's make sure, then, that our tree, the PSUV, is born straight, without deviations." he said.
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