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Venezuela arrests Colombians over Maduro assassination plot

T he Venezuelan government says it has arrested nine Colombian right-wing paramilitaries who were plotting to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said the nine had been instructed to go to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and carry out the plot. More arrests are expected, he added. President Maduro was elected in April to succeed late president Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer after 14 years in office. In May, Mr Maduro accused Colombian politicians, led by former President Alvaro Uribe, of plotting to kill him. “Uribe is a killer,” he said at the time, adding that the “Venezuelan right” was also involved. Mr Uribe, a critic of Hugo … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s opposition leader to challenge vote in court

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has vowed to challenge President Nicolas Maduro’s narrow victory in the 14 April presidential poll in the Supreme Court. Mr Capriles announced on Thursday his movement would pull out of an audit of the vote, which he agreed on last week. He said the proposed conditions for the audit were unfair, calling the process a “joke”. The opposition leader claims votes were “stolen” by Mr Maduro’s government. Mr Capriles said his movement would boycott the audit because the electoral authorities had not accepted his demand for voter signatures and fingerprints to be examined. The electoral council failed to meet his “deadline” of 25 April to … Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez’s deputy wins Venezuelan presidential elections

Hugo Chavez’s successor, Nicolas Maduro, has snatched a narrow victory against opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles in last weekend’s Venezuelan general election. But Mr Capriles, in a move that mirrors that of the recently concluded Kenyan presidential elections, has demanded a recount of votes, rejecting the election of Maduro as “illegitimate”. Mr Capriles, who lost by a very narrow margin, said there were more than 300,000 incidents from Sunday’s poll that needed to be examined. Maduro has called for the results to be respected. The election was called after Mr Chavez’s death from cancer last month. Mr Maduro, a former bus driver whom Mr Chavez had named as his preferred … Continue reading

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US plans to kill Capriles -Venezuela acting President claims

Venezuela’s acting president  said on Wednesday that “far right” figures in the United States  were plotting to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an  increasingly volatile atmosphere ahead of an April 14 election.  Accusations are flying and emotions are running high in the  South American OPEC nation of 29 million people since the death  last week of former socialist leader Hugo Chavez. “We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the  groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega  and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition  presidential candidate,” Nicolas Maduro said.  He gave no more details, but said in a televised speech that  the government … Continue reading

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Chavez supporters take loyalty oath on behalf of their leader

Health problems prevented Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from coming to Caracas for an inauguration ceremony Thursday, but throngs of supporters swore an oath of loyalty in his absence. Thousands of red-clad Chavez supporters packed the streets around the presidential palace for a symbolic swearing-in for the president’s fourth term. Chavez, 58, is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba and has not made a public appearance since doctors operated on him a month ago. On Thursday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro called on the masses gathered to take an oath of “absolute loyalty to the leadership of Comandante Hugo Chavez.”  “I swear by the Bolivarian constitution that I will defend the presidency of … Continue reading

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Chavez’s cancer could open door for Venezuela opposition

“Vampires” and “necrophiliacs” were just some of the epithets President Hugo Chavez’s allies had repeatedly thrown at opponents speculating about his possible demise. Yet with his unprecedented admission over the weekend that cancer could end his 14-year rule, a taboo has been lifted and opposition leaders know they may have another chance soon of derailing his socialist revolution in the OPEC nation. “We’re working on all possible scenarios – but one thing’s clear, it has to be the Venezuelan people (not Chavez) who decide their future,” opposition leader Maria Corina Machado told Reuters after a strategy session with colleagues on Monday. Still licking wounds from their latest defeat by Chavez … Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez wins record fourth consecutive general election

Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías pledged to deepen his socialist revolution after he won a comfortable election victory that could extend his divisive leadership of the OPEC nation to two decades. The new six-year term clears the way for Chavez, who is recovering from cancer, to consolidate state control over Venezuela’s economy, possibly with more nationalization and continue his support for left-wing allies in Latin America and around the world. The victory also cements his status as a towering figure in modern Latin American history and an icon of the political left. But the slimmer margin of victory – 10 percentage points, down from 25 points in 2006 – reflected … Continue reading

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