Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez resumed to express his preferences for the Peruvian electoral race and threatened the end all relations between his country and Peru if Alan Garcia is elected president next Sunday.
Yesterday he said "I pray to God that Garcia will not be president, hopefully God hears me", and called Garcia an irresponsible thief, a demagogue and a liar. He accused him of being the "culprit of the shootings and violence in Cusco", adding that Garcia is the “Carlos Andrés Perez of Peru” in reference to the Venezuelan ex-president who, in February 1992, survived a bloody coup attempt by then-army officer Hugo Chávez.
“I say it again; we are not going to have any relations with Peru if that ‘caballero’ is elected president because he is truly irresponsible. He is led by a demon and the North American empire and its dollars, the Peruvian oligarchy and in the mass media. He is going to be a divisive factor, an imperialistic card trying to divide to us, to prevent the union with Peru and to cause problems for Bolivia, Venezuela and any government who is going an alternative way."
“I am asking God that hopefully the Peruvian people we love will give a demonstration of historical conscience next Sunday and allows that (the nationalistic candidate) Ollanta Humala is the next president of Peru”, he added.
Again, he called Peruvian president Alexander Toledo a ‘loco’ (crazy), who attacked him “by orders of the North American empire” and predicted that in just a short time he will disappear. “His popularity index is in the cellar because he betrayed the Peruvian people”.
“President Toledo will be gone in just a short time, nobody will remember him. Like Evo (Morales) said; he is a traitor, he is a subordinate to the peoples by his attacks against the Indians”, he emphasized.
Chavez was hosting his weekly radio program "Hello President" from
the ruins of Tiawanacu, an ancient city located roughly 56 kilometres
west of La Paz in Bolivia’s highlands.
Chavez, who was joined by Bolivian President Evo Morales, supported the suggestion of a constituent assembly. Leaders
of the political party led by Morales – the Movement Toward Socialism –
announced last week that they would seek reforms allowing the
indigenous leader to be re-elected when a constituent assembly begins
reworking Bolivia’s constitution in August. Chavez said a new constitution is needed for a transformation of the nation’s democracy and public institutions.
6.00 pm update:
Today, Toledo called upon the OAS to respond to Chavez interference
with the Peruvian electoral process after a meeting with OAS Electoral
Observation Mission chief Lloyd Axworthy.
Ollanta Humala kept his
distance from Chavez’ comments by arguing they will have no impact on
the electoral process.
"The Peruvian people know the ‘characteristics" of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez, and therefore anything he says is irrelevant," Humala claimed, adding that "we nationalists are not subject to foreign interests."
When asked if Chavez would stop interfering in Peru,
Humala replied: "Of course he will. The electoral process
belongs to the Peruvian people. In this sense, I am asking
all countries not to interfere in the process taking place
in Peru and this includes Venezuela, obviously."