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  • Jose Balaguer of Cuba

    Jose Balaguer of Cuba’s Communist Party (L), Mónica Valente of Brazil’s Workers’ Party (C) and Jacinto Suarez of Nicaragua’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (R).

     The delegates affirmed that “calling the people to vote” is the best way to decide the future of a country, referring to Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.

Hundreds of participants from Latin America and the Caribbean’s left forces gathered at the 23rd Sao Paulo Forum in Managua, Nicaragua affirmed Tuesday their support for Venezuela and its National Constituent Assembly proposed by President Nicolas Maduro.

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Forum participants pledged to send election observers to Venezuela on July 30, when elections for the National Constituent Assembly will take place.

“We will send an electoral observer mission to the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, because we support it,” Brazil’s Workers’ Party President Gleisi Hoffmann said.

During the Forum’s closing, Hoffman pressed that “calling the people to vote” is the best way to decide the future of a country.

The participants of the event have pledged to provide an electoral oberver mission during the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela proposed by President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: EFE

The four-day convention also saw the representatives of 18 leftist political parties from 26 countries issue a number of resolutions in a 24-page document titled “Consensus of our America.”

The document expressed support for the defense of the peace negotiation process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, an end to the revived U.S. blockade on Cuba and support for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, who has been accused of corruption by Brazil’s right-wing, coup-imposed government.

It also stressed the unity of political and social organizations, the fight against all forms of discrimination in the region, a call for solidarity among the region’s peoples and continued internationalism.

The head of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Jose Balaguer, participates during the closing of the Sao Paulo Forum. | Photo: EFE

The head of the International Relations Department of the Communist Party of Cuba, Jose Ramon Balaguer, recalled that the region’s leftist movement is facing the challenge of not only protecting its gains, but also the increasing advance of “aggressive neoliberalism.”

The event will culminate Wednesday, celebrating the 38th anniversary of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution.

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The Sao Paulo Forum was founded on the initiative of the late Fidel Castro and Lula da Silva in 1990. As such, this year’s document of resolutions was dedicated to Fidel’s principles, in addition to the event honoring a number of other notable Latin American revolutionaries, such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

This year’s meeting was attended by representatives of the left from Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.