sábado, 4 de mayo de 2013
Venezuela's Maduro accuses Colombian statesman in "assassination" plot
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro said in Caracas on 3 May that plans were being made in the United States and Colombia "to destabilize Venezuela and make me physically disappear," naming Colombia's former conservative president Álvaro Uribe Vélez as one of those plotting to have him killed. He said "we have evidence and sufficient elements to think there are plans guided from Miami...by Roger Noriega and from Bogotá by Álvaro Uribe to make me physically disappear. Uribe is behind a plan to assassinate me," he told a gathering of underground transport employees in Caracas. In March Maduro alleged that Noriega, a senior diplomat of the administration of President George W. Bush, was planning to assassinate the opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles. Maduro said Uribe is "a murderer and we also know that sectors of the Venezuelan Right are in touch with him. They say if they get me out of the way, chaos will reign in Venezuela, but they will not succeed, this will not happen," Venezuela's AVN news agency reported. Venezuela's opposition has formally rejected the results of the 14 April elections and Maduro's election as President, also accusing the Maduro government of initiating the suppression of dissent and opposition parties. Uribe said in Colombia that the only response to Maduro's "immature" charges was a repetition of Venezuela's elections, Spain's EFE and agencies reported on 3 May. Maduro, he wrote on the website Twitter, was heading a "dictatorship beheaded by fraud and violence," his comments including puns on the names of Maduro and Diosdado Cabello, Venezuela's parliamentary speaker. Maduro's statements came after certain opposition legislators were reported to have travelled to Colombia for consultations and to denounce a scuffle or seeming assault on opposition legislators in Venezuela's parliament on 30 April. These included the outspoken María Corina Machado, foreign affairs spokeswoman in the Capriles election team and one of the legislators given a beating, Caracol radio reported on 1 May. Fighting seemed to break out after socialist legislators would not let the opposition speak at the podium.