Has Porto Alegre run its course as the venue for the WSF?

The morning papers were full of the news (or the rumour) that Porto Alegre will not be the venue of the WSF in 2006. It was decided some time ago that a country in Africa (South Africa seems to be certain) will host the WSF in 2007. But 2006? Not Porto Alegre, it appears. The reasons for this possible change seem to be political. The organisation of an event like the Forum requires not only considerable financial contributions but also significant political will. Both are in short supply in the municipal council (prefetura) of the city after the defeat of Lula?s party in the recent elections.