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Statement - Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs

(Translation)

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, on behalf of the people of Bolívar, welcomes the unquestionable and resounding victory of brave journalist Mauricio Funes and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) in presidential elections that took place in El Salvador on Sunday, March 15th, 2009.

This victory strengthens the historic wave that, in this first decade of the 21st century, has arisen in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, and opens its doors to other sibling peoples in the challenges they will face.

Today, the Salvadorian people did not waver; they stepped forward and displayed their clarity and courage, defeating a campaign of lies, trash and manipulations unleashed against the Bolivarian Republic and against progressive and dignified leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean.  These disgraceful campaigns fomented by the international right wing in our continent were destroyed today by the consciousness of the majority of the Salvadorian people.

President Hugo Chávez congratulates President-elect Mauricio Funes, reminding him that the unity of our peoples is the only path to overcome the crisis unleashed from the heart of capitalism in the North.  In this crucial moment, the children of Bolívar offer our hands in solidarity to President Mauricio Funes, so that together we may advance in the strengthening of this new era we are living through, together overcoming under-development and poverty.

Today we Venezuelans are happy, and in this hour of happiness we recognize the leader of peace, Shafik Handal, and the many men and women who gave their lives for the rebirth of the Salvadorian people.  We recognize them with a song by Alí Primera: “Go Salvadorians, for there are no small birds that stop flying after taking off.”  Let us fly together, El Salvador and Venezuela, towards our great homeland of the Americas in the time of the people.

Caracas, March 15, 2009

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