CARACAS, July 26 (Xinhua) -- The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) began its first congress on Saturday without its founder, Hugo Chavez, and with its sights set on a major renovation of the Venezuelan revolutionary leadership to face the great challenges of the coming years.
For six days, 537 delegates representing 7.6 million members of the largest political movement in the country, will debate internal policies, pay tribute to late Chavez and appoint head of State, Nicolas Maduro, as new party president.
Speaking to local media, the member of the national leadership of the PSUV, Tarek El Aissami announced that it will be submitted to the delegates the designation of Chavez as eternal president of the political party.
Chavez's hand-picked successor faces internal dissent over his leadership at the PSUV's third congress and deep rifts have emerged over economic policies that some members blame for the severe shortages racking the country.
Meanwhile, Erika Farias, delegate to the congress and governor of the central state of Cojedes, said that work roundtables were installed and noted that PSUV is now a "more united, more organized and more politically conscious organization."
"We are convinced that this congress will come to resolutions that will benefit the realization of a socialist society", she said.
Farias said the previous discussions of the entire membership have been extraordinary and look to continue deepening the Venezuelan socialism initiated after the foundation of the political party in 2008 by Hugo Chavez.
"We now have a much stronger party, a party with roots in the popular base and a clear awareness level", said the delegate.
Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, regional vice president of the PSUV, also explained that they have taken into account all the proposals by base organizations to enrich and strengthen the party's unity.
"This is a real revolutionary democracy, a democracy where the bases have much to say and to address what we are doing", said Chacin, also the governor of the central state of Guarico.