Ten years ago, a new era began in Latin America

Today (feb.2) does not just mark 10 years of Revolution; it marks 10 years since the beginning of a new era in Latin America, the start of a new day, President Hugo Chávez said, addressing a large crowd who braved the rain to commemorate one decade of the Bolivarian Revolution.

A new political, economic and geopolitical map is taking shape in the region, Chávez affirmed. He was accompanied by Cuban First Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura; Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit; and President Evo Morales of Bolivia, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, President Manuel Zelaya of Honsuras, and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

The people welcomed them after the closing ceremony of the 4th Extraordinary Summit of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) in this capital.

During the summit, in Miraflores Palace, Chávez thanked the Cuban Revolution for the support it has given to the process of change initiated in Venezuela in 1999.

“It would be impossible for us to estimate the horizon or the magnitude of the support given by the Cuban Revolution to the Bolivarian Revolution,” the Venezuelan president affirmed.

Referring to the 10 years of changes in Venezuela, Chávez said that the decade could be “summed up in three words that express the immense efforts of the people throughout these years: revolution, independence and socialism.”

Morales noted that the ALBA has facilitated important advances in health and education in his country, and highlighted the decisive help of Cuba and Venezuela in eradicating illiteracy and in providing medical care to more than 300,000 Bolivians within the Operation Miracle program.

Ortega said that integration and unity are the only way to respond to the global crisis. Skerrit and Zelaya made similar comments.

All of the heads of state present signed two agreements on food security and sovereignty, including the formation of a grannacional (“one great nation”) food production enterprise, to be financed by the ALBA Bank. (SE)

Granma International

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