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Chavez's Wishes to enter Mercosur were Odebrecht’s Commands  

Neither the revolutionary commander of Venezuela, nor the charismatic president Lula of Brazil, but the senior staff of the construction company turned into the Major Elector when the Brazilian Senate had to vote on the incorporation of Caracas into the trading bloc. Based on the transcripts of the Lava Jato case, Marcelo Odebrecht personally led the lobbying campaign aimed to break the three-year blockage that prevented the entry of the Chavista regime into the club. The operation included the recruitment of three key Senators from the Workers' Party, as allies.  

07/04/2018 11:57:46

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It was not just bribes. At the height of its international expansion - which coincided with the wave of progressive governments in the region in the early 21st century -, Odebrecht pulled the strings of the political balance in Latin America. And not the company but Marcelo Odebrecht, the so-called Prince of Brazil, personally oversaw that, for example, the Venezuela of Hugo Chávez —after defecting from the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), which the country had helped to establish 40 years before— was accepted with forceps in the Southern Common Market, Mercosur.

It was an eight-month process with lobby meetings called by the top levels of the now prominent Brazilian construction giant, even Marcelo Odebrecht. Already in March 2009, the Executive President of the corporation and top of the family brought together his senior staff to plan an action to guarantee the entry of Venezuela into the natural field of the Brazilian economy, a move of geopolitical nature that counted on stern resistance in the parliaments of Brazil and Paraguay.