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Chavez heralds new regional alliance
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States brings together 33 nations but excludes the US and Canada.
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 06:52

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has opened the first summit of a new regional bloc of Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Caracas.

The alliance of 33 nations - known as CELAC - excludes the United States and Canada. Chavez said the time had come to put an end to what he called US hegemony.

Al Jazeera's Jesse Mesner-Hage reports.

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