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  Morales Aligns Himself With Castro, Chavez
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Jan 03, 2006 01:04pm
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News DateTuesday, January 3, 2006 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCARACAS, Venezuela - Praising Fidel Castro as a model, Bolivia's president-elect arrived Monday in Venezuela for a meeting with leftist leader Hugo Chavez, who said the nationalization of Bolivia's oil and natural gas was high on the agenda.

Evo Morales arrived in Caracas aboard a Cuban jet and said he and Chavez were uniting in a "fight against neoliberalism and imperialism."

"We are here to resolve social problems, economic problems," said Morales, an Aymara Indian coca farmer who has pledged to renegotiate international contracts to extract his country's vast natural gas reserves — the second-largest in South America after Venezuela's.

"This movement is not only in Bolivia," he said. "Fidel in Cuba and Hugo in Venezuela are logging triumphs in social movements and leftist policies."
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