Friday, December 7th 2012 - 05:46 UTC

Brazil confirms Venezuela’s Chavez will be absent from the Mercosur summit

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez will not be attending the Mercosur summit on Friday as had been previously announced, announced on Thursday the Brazilian Foreign ministry which is hosting the event.

“God willing”, Chavez promised he would be at the December summit, the first with Venezuela as full member

“President Chavez is not coming to the summit and Venezuela will be represented by Foreign minister Nicolas Maduro” said the ministry. This means Chavez will be the great absentee of this the first summit in which Venezuela will be participating as full member of Mercosur after having made the request six years ago.

Chavez’ absence and the lack of information from the hiper-active president since he left on November 27 for cancer related treatment in Cuba has caused concern among other Mercosur leaders and in Venezuela, but the news has been absorbed with prudence and little exteriorization from any of the two sides of the public opinion divided country.

After winning the re-re-election last 7 October, Chavez was seen publicly for the last time on 15 November. The lack of speeches, videos, pictures as well as the absence of Twitter messages have triggered surprise since he is scheduled to take office next January 10 and most of his closest political allies are on the campaign trail for the provincial elections of December 16.

On November first he had announced that “God willing we will be in Brasilia for the great Mercosur summit at the beginning of December”.

Venezuela became full member last July following the suspension of Paraguay the only full member opposing Chavez and his “non democratic regime”. At the Mercosur summit the advances of Venezuela for the full incorporation to the group’s norms and regulations continues at “a good pace”.

Likewise and equally significant Bolivia and Ecuador have been invited to become full members of Mercosur and they are already in Brasilia for the Friday summit discussions.

The fact that Chavez is not going to Brazil for the majority of the people is OK; for the opposition it means he’s really ill and for his Chavista followers, “he’s the boss he makes the decisions”, said Luis Vicente Leon, head of the Venezuelan pollster Datanalisis.

However in the midst of the provincial elections “I feel the opposition fears he will be back in Venezuela on the closing of the campaign and triumphantly turn around those places where his candidates face tight races”.

But Leon also pointed out that “after three times you’ve announced you are dying, the fourth time it’s no big deal”.

Political analyst and former minister Teodoro Petkoff says that the absence of the president confirms that “his health has really deteriorated” and that this time “he’s really taking things seriously and his treatment, and apparently the team of doctors looking after him have managed to discipline him”.

Nevertheless it is highly surprising that Chavez is ignoring things he loves and enjoys: campaigning, making speeches, lifting his candidates arms, touring the country with his red beret militias, attending summits…” recalled Petkoff.

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1 ChrisR (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 10:52 am Report abuse
So the meeting will be without the Grand Nutter to lead them in destroying what was left of Mercosur as a trading body.

But of course the two forthcoming Nutters may be in line for the job.
2 Pirate Love (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 11:04 am Report abuse
@1 Beggars cant be choosers, and at the moment mercosur is selling the big issue and needs every country it can get to join, dictatorships and all.

as for chubby, fingers crossed he may become absent on a more permanent basis!
3 txiki (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:13 pm Report abuse
Who will leave power first? CFK or Chavez?
4 ElaineB (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:32 pm Report abuse
He is back in Venezuela but not revealing much about his condition.
5 briton (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 01:47 pm Report abuse
No doubt his position will stiffen up in time ??.
6 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 02:24 pm Report abuse
I think he is in his death march mode
7 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
Now 'alternates' such as Foreign Ministers are given presidential decision making rights at Mercosur meetings, the organisation does not need the presidents to attend.

The thing to watch is just how quick they can propose and agree that all Chavez's ALBA states can become full Mercosur members.

Proposed and Agreed within 30 seconds ???

.... a perfect storm, where the inmates complete their take-over of the asylum.
8 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 03:26 pm Report abuse
Even for them it will be a shambles! Paraguay would be better off with Chile, rather than re-admitted to Mercosur, wouldn't they??
9 briton (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 06:38 pm Report abuse
how many countries are not part of this mercosur club.
that could come together.
10 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
Chile is not, nor Colombia, Suriname, Gyuana, Bolvia , Ecuador and Peru and of course the outcast....Paraguay.
11 briton (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 08:35 pm Report abuse
enough to form a club perhaps.
12 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 09:08 pm Report abuse
Hell you think think with the bullies in the mercosur madhouse they would want to have their own club and tell mercosur to kiss off
13 Brasileiro (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 09:18 pm Report abuse
Long live to heroes! Long live to South Americans! Books in the hands, love in the heart, peace in the brain!!! Go to the top, brothers! The time is NOW!!!
14 wesley mouch (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
He is dying. Now with bone metastases. Thank God. The sooner this Socialist parasite dies the better.
15 Brasileiro (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 09:49 pm Report abuse
I go to the sun, saxon!!!
16 cornelius (#) Dec 07th, 2012 - 11:42 pm Report abuse
@#14 the sooner the better and sooner is not fast enought
17 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 01:29 am Report abuse
Hopefully he can stop breathing before his inauguration.
18 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 10:32 am Report abuse
Jota's good, Bras., but your gung ho YouTube Unasur 'defense games' is just that - games.
The Unasur 'games' in B.A. last year showed the limitations of the materiel but, more importantly, the limitations of integration on the 'battlefield'.

I always come back to the same question ... who are you defending yourself from?
I always come back to the same answer ... South American civilians.
19 ChrisR (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
@19 Brassiere

Thanks for the comedy, I did appreciate the ‘soldiers’ rolling around on the beach in unison carrying FA SLR’s – it really was funny.

Likewise the planes. How do you propose to support all the variants with the different pylon capabilities? Have a ‘pick ‘n mix’ solution I bet!

And the dress uniforms! Bet a lot of chickens died to give up their feathers to be worn by another bunch of chickens pretending to be a fighting force. Ha, ha, ha.

But it’s not all bad. I did see a very few tidy MBT’s. Couldn’t tell which country they came from but don’t worry yourself, the Brits will find out when they are knocked out by the Javelin Medium Range Anti-tank Guided Weapon and the two man crew. Deadly up to 2.500 m at can lift the turrets of UNASURs MBTs with no trouble at all.

Final question, this was uploaded over three years ago, do you some current comedy films about this bunch of Muppets?

20 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 08th, 2012 - 08:38 pm Report abuse
Brassiere's war games look cute and dandy..........all the way up to when there is an opposition to them. As Geoff asks....who are they defending from.......only civilians when they see through the bullshit.
21 reality check (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 11:45 am Report abuse
@20 Cap
Yep, very cute, very nice to look at. They should carefully put them back in their boxes, when they've finished showing them off, would be shame to break them.

Fascinating though, the only member with any real war fighting experience (against a real enemy) was Argentina. I am sure they would be willing to share their expertise!

How to fight and lose in one easy lesson!
22 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 09th, 2012 - 01:39 pm Report abuse
Saddam Hussein's military at the time (1st gulf war) was like the 4th largest and was of unknown integrity, but had spend a 8 years fighting Iran, so they were war harden troops. But in they end, it meant nothing just as they utube means nothing. So brassiere, stop showing military scenes and saying peace. The Falklands are NOT south america's.......get over it.

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