The Venezuelan government congratulated Bolivia on Monday for its commemoration of the Day of Democratic and Cultural Revolution.
The day celebrates the victory obtained by current Bolivian President Evo Morales on Dec. 18, 2005.
The statement was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was shared by President Nicolas Maduro, who congratulated the "heroic Bolivian people."
Maduro described it as a moment that "overturned the political history of (Bolivia) by gaining the unprecedented electoral victory with 54 percent of votes."
The statement reads as follows:
The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, on behalf of the government and the people of Venezuela, expresses his most sincere congratulations to the government and the people of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on the commemoration of the "Day of Democratic and Cultural Revolution," a genuine tribute to the electoral triumph that made it possible for our brother, President Evo Morales Ayma, to become the first Indigenous president of his nation.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela extends its most heartfelt homage to such a memorable date, a product of the people's resistance to the neoliberal policies imposed by subsequent leaders at the service on hegemonic transnational interests.
With the gallantry emanated thanks to popular organization such efforts see their fruits today in a nation that with its indigenous identity restored and its successful sovereign redistributive policy leads the highest seats of economic growth in the region, example of pride and admiration for the entire continent.
In the face of the constant imperial onslaught against Our American region in recent decades, we reclaim with a fraternal voice and in unison the historical struggles of the resistance, whose rebel legacy of Tupac Katari, Bartolina Sisa and Juana Azurduy are still alive in a bright flame in the heart of the Bolivian people, under the unwavering leadership of our brother Evo Morales Ayma.
With the same impetus and love professed by the Comandante Hugo Chavez, we say today: Long live the Bolivia of its People, the Ancestral Bolivia, the Socialist Bolivia!