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Honduras joins the Bolivarian Alternative for American Countries, a club promoted by Venezuela and Cuba.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


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On October 9th the Honduran Congress ratified the country’s membership in the Alternativa Bolivariana para los pueblos de nuestra América (ALBA, Bolivarian Alternative for American Countries), a regional grouping promoted by Venezuela and Cuba.
There was initial resistance from most legislators, including the members of the ruling Partido Liberal (PL) and the opposition, who were concerned that ALBA was part of the strategy of the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, to increase his political influence in Latin America. However, most Honduran legislators changed their positions between September 9th, when the bill was introduced, and the actual vote. Only the opposition Partido Nacional (PN) abstained.

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