Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is engaging in his own brand of petro-politics, as he agrees to send oil at discounted prices to municipalities in El Salvador run by FMLN mayors.
From the Miami Herald:
Venezuela agreed Monday to sell fuel oil under preferential terms to an El Salvador association created by a group of leftist mayors.
Details of the amount of fuel that will be sold to the Intermunicipal Energy Association for El Salvador were not immediately available, but shipments were to begin ''as soon as possible,'' said Violeta Menjivar, mayor-elect of San Salvador.
The Venezuelan state oil firm subsidiary PDV Caribe reached the agreement with the El Salvador association, formed by mayors belonging to the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party.
Under the agreement, cities headed by the FMLN will pay 60 percent of their oil bill within 90 days, while paying for the rest in-kind through agricultural products and locally made goods, Soyapango Mayor Carlos Ruíz said.
President Tony Saca criticized the oil deal and urged the FMLN not to try to generate false hopes among Salvadorans.