Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales is vowing to change Latin America, as he begins a world tour aimed at transforming his image from protest leader to president.

Mr. Morales arrived in Venezuela Tuesday for talks with President Hugo Chavez. The president-elect said he will join what he called the "anti-imperialist fight," adding that this is a new millennium for the people, not for empires.

Mr. Morales and Mr. Chavez share similar political views and are vocal opponents of U.S. influence in Latin America. On Tuesday, they visited the national pantheon in Caracas and laid a floral tribute at the tomb of a Venezuelan Indian hero.

Venezuela is the first stop of a 10-day trip that also will take Mr. Morales to Europe, China and Brazil. He will take office January 22 to become Bolivia's first Indian president.

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