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Monday, September 03, 2007

Venezuelan Socialism Expanding

From Unity Blog

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a mid-sized country with a population of about 26 million. An incredible 5.7 million of those people – almost 25 per cent – have signed up to join the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), called into being by the country's president Hugo Chavez.

To get a sense of the scale of this process. it is the equivalent of a new left party in the United States, signing up between 60 and 70 million people!

The first phase of founding the new party ended with the meeting in Caracas at the end of June, of officials and party militants in the National Meeting of Candidates for PSUV Militants. Vice-president Jorge Rodriguez said that the second phase would be "the formation across national territory of more than 20,000 socialist battalions, made up of 300 (party) candidates each."


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