RIBERALTA, Bolivia, July 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela and Brazil pledged infrastructure financing to Bolivia on Friday, as foreign aid takes central stage in President Evo Morales' campaign to hang on to power in an August recall vote.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and
"We're against those who want to tear
Right-wing governors from five Bolivian provinces have presented a major challenge to Morales, fighting for more autonomy for their regions and stalling some of his key policies such as an ambitious land redistribution plan.
Lula also praised Morales and pledged that
The Aug. 10 recall vote applies to the president and eight of the nine governors in
The unusual recall rules are based on the number of votes officials received when they were elected in late 2005. So to remain in office Morales needs only 46.3 percent of the vote, while his rivals need between 62.1 percent and 52 percent.
Since he started campaigning in June to beat the recall, Morales has handed out scores of Venezuelan checks for education, health and infrastructure projects at rallies.
He has also pledged to build roads, schools and sports grounds worth million of dollars that would also be paid with funds provided by oil-rich
During the summit in Riberalta, Chavez signed a deal to lend
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