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Sean Penn joins Venezuela’s Chavez presidential electoral campaign wagon

Monday, August 6th 2012 - 07:34 UTC
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The famed US actor is a close friend of the Venezuelan president The famed US actor is a close friend of the Venezuelan president

Actor Sean Penn joined President Hugo Chavez at an election rally in Venezuela on Sunday, bringing a dash of Hollywood to the campaign as he rode with him atop a truck past cheering supporters.

Penn is a friend of Chavez, who hopes to win a new six-year term on October 7. The campaign has turned into the toughest fight of the president's political career.

“Thank you very much for visiting us again, dear friend” Chavez said after introducing Penn to the big crowd in the central city of Valencia. “We're all Americans, from the north, the centre, the south. Long live the American continent!”

Penn, in a white shirt and sunglasses and accompanied by Argentine producer Fernando Sulichin, waved from the stage, fist-bumped and hugged Chavez, but did not address the rally.

The Oscar-winning actor, screenwriter and director is well-known for his political and social activism.

He was a vocal critic of the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush, and was involved in humanitarian efforts following Haiti's earthquake and Hurricane Katrina.

Last year, Penn worked for the release of two U.S. hikers who were arrested in Iran, flying to Venezuela to ask Chavez to intervene on their behalf with Iran's leader.

Most polls in Venezuela give Chavez a double-digit lead ahead of the vote. He says he is completely cured after three cancer operations in the last year, although few details have been released about the 58-year-old's condition.

Chavez's rival, 40-year-old former state governor Henrique Capriles, has also been drawing big crowds. The opposition says its polls show Capriles will win in October.

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Musky

    Low friends in low places. Shouldn't a UN envoy-at-large be unbiased in the politics of other countries. He should step down from that role and represent his own views and not, by virtue of his post, imply a UN viewpoint.

    Aug 06th, 2012 - 10:52 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    A great actor and a man that knows not how to choose friends.

    Aug 06th, 2012 - 01:57 pm 0
  • Eddieposted

    The two sad clowns deserve eachother

    Aug 06th, 2012 - 03:02 pm 0
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