Reports: Chavez to Abandon U.N. Security Council Bid to Back Bolivia

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reportedly is considering nominating Bolivia as a consensus candidate to fill the one remaining vacant non-permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council, breaking a deadlock with U.S.-backed Guatemala, according to several wire reports Tuesday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales reportedly spoke with Chavez earlier Tuesday, and said Chavez indicated to him that he would back a Bolivian bid.

"Comrade Hugo Chavez says he will leave the candidacy for Bolivia in order to seek consensus," Deutsche Presse-Agentur news service reported. "We are candidates to the Security Council, hopefully we can achieve consensus."

Like Chavez, Morales is a populist leftist.

The 192-nation U.N. General Assembly, which called off voting last Thursday following 35 votes, planned to resume voting on Wednesday.

A country must receive 124 votes, or a two-thirds majority of the assembly, to win a council seat.