Wednesday, June 10, 2009
United Socialist Party of Venezuela Gained 1 Million Members In May!
(Venezuelanalysis.com) -- The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has announced that the party grew by more than one million new members during a month-long registration drive in May. Meanwhile, most of the principal opposition parties in Venezuela have formed a new alliance called the "Democratic Unity Roundtable" (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática).
In an interview on the state television channel VTV on Monday, Aristóbulo Istúriz, the vice president of the PSUV for the northeastern region, said the PSUV now has a total of 6.7 million members. Istúriz highlighted that 40% of the new members registered over the past month were under the age of 26, indicating solid support for the party among Venezuelan youth.
The PSUV began its formation in early 2007, when President Hugo Chávez called for all progressive and socialist parties to unite under one banner following his re-election to the presidency with 63% of the vote in December 2006. The total number of registered voters in Venezuela is more than 16 million.