Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, covering the annual May Day demonstrations in southwest Detroit on May 1, 2008. (Photo: Alan Pollock)., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
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Mon Jan 7, 2013 6:32PM GMT
The United States is interested in efforts to destabilize and possibly overthrow oil-rich Venezuela, a prominent political analyst tells Press TV.
This comes as Venezuela’s information minister warned that the country’s opposition and media are taking advantage of the health of the president to wage a “psychological war” to destabilize the country.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Just how will Chavez's poor health conditions have an impact on his presidency and his group of allies?
Azikiwe: I believe that the Venezuelan revolution is a solid one. We heard the statements from Vice President Nicolas Maduro who raised the constitution of Venezuela, which has a process for the continuation of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Also, the head of parliament, Mr. Diosdado Cabello said today after being sworn in as leader of the assembly that “as a patriot, I swear to be supremely loyal in everything I do to defend the fatherland, its institutions and this beautiful revolution led by our Comandante Hugo Chavez”.
At the same time, there were thousands upon thousands of supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution dressed in their uniforms outside of the assembly while this swearing in was taking place. They were chanting, “We are all Chavez; our comandante will be well; he will return”. I think that the process there is a solid one.
The opposition which is backed by the United States is trying to do everything in its power to spread disinformation, to spread fear, and to also spread confusion about the character of the Venezuelan revolutionary process.
Press TV: How much of a chance is there for the opposition to make it to the helm if another round of elections are held or Chavez passes away?
Azikiwe: We believe that the majority of people in Venezuela are in support of the Bolivarian Socialist revolutionary process. Venezuela is a key country in the overall anti-imperialist struggle in Latin America.
The country possesses the world’s largest reserves of crude oil and this is why the United States is so interested in its efforts to try to destabilize and possibly overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.
But the people are solidly behind this very important political process.