El Universal, Venezuela
Caracas, Friday December 01 , 2006
President Hugo Chávez will not attend a military parade to take place on Saturday in Havana, but will leave for Cuba after the election next Sunday, according to official sources.
"I am always alongside Fidel and will be always in Cuba," Chávez told the digital version of official Cuban newspaper Granma, Efe reported.
The events on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Cuban ruler Fidel Castro, hosted by Guayasamín Foundation, started on Tuesday and will close Saturday with a military parade.
According to the organizers, about 1,500 guests are taking part in the homage, including Bolivian President Evo Morales and Nicaraguan president-elect Daniel Ortega. Castro' attendance has not been confirmed officially.