Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 03:54 UTC

Brazilian corporations fearful of Venezuelan situation despite Brasilia support for Maduro

Brazilian corporations with strong interests in Venezuela have expressed concern about the future of the country and its impact on Mercosur if the political transition, because of President Hugo Chavez health condition, does not follow the constitutional process

FIESP president Rubens Barbosa recalls Venezuela is now a full member of Mercosur

The position is in contrast with Brazilian government support to the postponement of re-re-elected Chavez swearing in ceremony which according to the Venezuelan constitution should take place on January 10.

In an article published in several Brazilian high circulation newspapers, the president of the Federation of Industries from the State of Sao Paulo, (FIESP) Rubens Barbosa comments on the controversy over the swearing-in postponement supported by vice-president Nicolas Maduro and the president of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello and earlier on Wednesday confirmed by the Supreme Justice Tribunal.

Barbosa recalls that Venezuela is now “a full member of Mercosur” and if Chavez does not take office on Thursday or the current government extends its mandate “the Mercosur democratic clause could be invoked and would have to be considered”.

FIESP president points out that “it’s still fresh memory the hard position” adopted by Mercosur with Paraguay, currently suspended from the trade block following the removal of Fernando Lugo from the presidency, “with the argument there had been a political coup and the constitution was not complied”

Other Brazilian media also addressed the issue and the influential O Globo in its main editorial points out that “Venezuela demoralizes Mercosur”.

“The lack of transparency with which ‘Chavismo’ is handling the medical situation of their maximum leader, hospitalized in Cuba following his fourth cancer surgery only makes honour to an authoritarian regime”, says O Globo, that also strongly criticizes Marco Aurelio Garcia, the Brazilian Executive foreign affairs advisor and who has been the official voice on the Venezuelan situation.

Garcia argues that there is a ‘constitutional vacuum’ on the Venezuelan succession process and supports Maduro as a ‘care-taker’ president in that event.

Likewise Garcia states that “there is no concrete instability in Venezuela” because of the ‘succession process”. The advisor has been in Venezuela since last week, on instructions from President Dilma Rousseff and is closely following the situation.

Garcia revealed that the health condition of Venezuela’s strong man is ‘extremely serious’ but he is conscious, although very weak.

Brazilian corporations are estimated to have contracts worth almost 20bn dollars in infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and hydrocarbons industry support.
 

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1 cornelius (#) Jan 10th, 2013 - 12:42 pm Report abuse
Well I guess they will suspend Venezuela from the Mercosur!
2 ChrisR (#) Jan 10th, 2013 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
“Garcia revealed that the health condition of Venezuela’s strong man is ‘extremely serious’ but he is conscious, although very weak.”

Yes dear, of course he is. Is he happy in that wooden fully enclosed bed they have made for hin to fly home and ascend the throne (OH he was the President, wasn't he?)

I thought the bastard had been promoted to the Arch Angel Gabriel, but then I realised that as an atheist there is no god! Phew, thank god for that. :o)
3 emerald (#) Jan 10th, 2013 - 06:48 pm Report abuse
Not easy that to compete against the world's dominant US/Euro/Asia giants in a country which claims owns world's no*1 oil reserves.
4 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 14th, 2013 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
Yes, it IS the right time to suspend Venezuela from Mercosur, Parlasur and Unasur.
These pivotal supranational bodies that command much of the Continent need to be shown to the world to be even-handed. Only in this way can these 'great' contituent nations be shown to be even slightly honest.

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