Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has expressed his support for the "legitimate government in Syria" late Tuesday, just days after his reelection. Chavez said that he would continue to support the "legitimate government" led by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, during his first press conference since his reelection.

"How not to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad since it is the legitimate government of Syria? Who to support? Terrorists, who want a transitional council, who kill people on all sides?" exclaimed the Venezuelan president.