Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Big Victory For Chavez

President Hugo Chavez has won a big victory in the referendum held in Venezuela. The people of Venezuela have reaffirmed their faith in his presidency and rejected the call for his removal and the holding of fresh elections. The fact that over 58 per cent of the voters have rejected the opposition sponsored move is strong vindication of the stand taken by President Chavez.

The Polit Bureau congratulates President Chavez and the progressive forces for this great victory.

With this decisive result in the referendum which was held democratically and fairly according to international observers, the right wing opposition should cease its efforts to topple the popular government headed by Chavez. The United States of America must realize that the people of Venezuela will not tolerate any activity which infringes their sovereignty and democratic rights.