President Chavez Swears-In PSUV Spokespersons
By Friday October 12, 2007
Mérida, October 11, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez swore in more than 14,000 spokespersons for the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in Caracas on Wednesday. The party spokespersons were elected two weeks ago by party battalions all across the country to represent each battalion in the formation of the new party. The president announced that the founding congress of the PSUV will initiate activities on November 2nd.
Chavez said at the event on Wednesday that the new PSUV party would make history as a democratic party built from the grassroots, and would not follow the same path as previous political parties in the country.
"There has never been a party, until now, that was born from the very grassroots of the population," he said. "The PSUV is not going to have the same fate as other parties that were born here. Some of them were very strong, but all of them sunk in their inefficiency, corruption, and their lack of internal democracy."
Chavez reiterated that "almost 6 million citizens" registered for the new socialist party, representing more than 35 percent of all voters in the country.
"Of almost 6 million, 51 percent are women. Women are going to save the world!" he said.
The party battalions were formed in July of this year and met weekly for several weeks to discuss the formation of the party and what its political program should look like. Chavez said that during this time there were more than 91,000 battalion meetings in communities throughout the country.
"Almost 100 thousand meetings! It's an historic event!" said the president.
The spokespersons were elected by their respective battalions on September 29th, and came to Caracas from all over the country to participate in the meeting this week. Delegates to the founding congress will be selected next Saturday, October 20th, and the congress will begin on November 2nd.
Chavez didn't say where the founding congress will take place but he assured it would be the founding of "the biggest, most democratic revolutionary political party that has ever existed in Venezuelan history."
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