Venezuela's Maduro is 'crazy as a goat'

2016-05-19 23:13
Uruguay's President Jose Mujica arrives in his Volkswagen beetle. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP)

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica arrives in his Volkswagen beetle. (Natacha Pisarenko, AP)

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Montevideo - Former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says that embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is "crazy as a goat."

Mujica, a leftist who governed from 2010-2015, made the comment on Wednesday during a press conference when asked about a dispute between Maduro and the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, who has called Maduro "a traitor."

Venezuela's socialist president has in turn accused Almagro of being a CIA agent and a traitor himself.

"I have great respect for [Maduro], I do. But that does not mean I can't say he's crazy, crazy as a goat," said Mujica, whose cantankerous personality, homespun oratory and simple ways have made him wildly popular abroad.

Mujica has defended Almagro saying that he is not a traitor. But he acknowledged that he has distanced himself from Almagro, who served as his foreign minister during his presidency, because of his stance on Venezuela.

Venezuela is facing a severe economic crisis, with the world's highest inflation and shortages.

Polls indicate most Venezuelans want Maduro out of office.

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