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Analysis: Hugo Chávez makes a back-door play for Bajo Aguán in Honduras

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The offer by the Venezuelan firm, Alba-Petróleos, to finance the Honduran government's purchase of 5,700 hectares of land in the Bajo Aguán from businessman Miguel Facussé is raising concern in Honduras.

Critics of the proposal say it may represent an attempt by President Hugo Chávez to establish a physical presence by Venezuela in Honduras, gain influence within the Porfirio Lobo administration, and slowly try to manipulate political events in the country, as it did when President Manuel Zelaya was in power.

Some conservative politicians in Honduras are characterizing the move as nothing less than a violation of national sovereignty.

Original source: Honduras Weekly