Mon, 3 March 2008
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Fred Fuentes in Caracas reports that while the recent makeover of the PSUV (The United Socialist Party of Venezuela) is straining the political system, President Chavez' vision for Venezuela and Bolivarianism has not been compromised, and the empowering of the grass roots could mean that the corruption and bureaucratism that had become entrenched over the decades of the last century may be challenged. Meanwhile, external pressures to break down the will of the Venezuelan program for change are being resisted. This includes the challenge of Exxon Mobil, and the aggressive attitude of the neighbouring Columbian government - not to mention the glowering resentments of Washington.