Maduro urges Obama to halt coup 'plot'

2013-03-18 09:07

Caracas - Venezuela's acting president urged US leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before a 14 April election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent's murder on the Opec nation's government and to "fill Venezuelans with hate" as they prepare to go to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro first mentioned a plot against his rival, Henrique Capriles, last week, blaming it on former Bush administration officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich. Both rejected the allegations as untrue, outrageous and defamatory.

"I call on President Obama - Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a plan to assassinate the right-wing presidential candidate to create chaos," Maduro said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday.

Maduro, who is Chavez's preferred successor, said the purpose of the plot was to set off a coup and that his information came from "a very good source".

During his 14 years in power, the charismatic but divisive Chavez, who died on 5 March after a two-year battle with cancer, often denounced US plots against him and his "revolution". Critics dismissed those claims as a smokescreen to keep voters focused on a sense of "imperialist" threat.

Death as a campaign tool

In kicking off the opposition's campaign in the provinces on Saturday, Capriles said Maduro would be to blame if anything happened to him.

Capriles, a 40-year-old centrist state governor who cites Brazil as his economic model for Venezuela, accuses Maduro of using his boss's death as a mawkish campaign tool ahead of the 14 April vote.

Maduro, aged 50, a former bus driver who is trumpeting his working-class roots like Chavez, has a lead over Capriles of more than 10 percentage points, according to two recent opinion polls. Both were conducted before Chavez's death.

Maduro has sought to emulate the late president's common touch and emotional bond with voters but has struggled - beyond copying Chavez's bombastic rhetoric against foes at home and abroad.

In Sunday's interview, recorded at the military museum where Chavez's body was carried in a sombre funeral procession on Friday after 10 days of mourning, Maduro said he had cried more when Chavez died than when his own parents passed away.

Later on Sunday, his campaign team plans to launch Maduro's official Twitter account in another move reminiscent of Chavez. Chavez's @chavezcandanga account had drawn more than 4 million followers before his death - making it the second most-followed presidential account after Obama's.

Largest oil reserves

The election campaign began in a particularly nasty atmosphere, with both sides accusing each other of dirty tricks, and Capriles and Maduro landing very personalised blows.

At stake in the election is not only the future of Chavez's leftist revolution but also the continuation of Venezuelan oil subsidies and other aid crucial to the economies of leftist allies around Latin America, from Cuba to Bolivia.

Venezuela boasts the world's largest oil reserves.

  • lance.robile - 2013-03-18 09:15

    Wont put it past them, it's a perfect opportunity to get a pro US government in there.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 09:35

      The question becomes, a perfect opportunity for who, for Venezuelans or the US oil companies and their traders in London and New York!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 09:35

      The question becomes, a perfect opportunity for who, for Venezuelans or the US oil companies and their traders in London and New York!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 09:35

      The question becomes, a perfect opportunity for who, for Venezuelans or the US oil companies and their traders in London and New York!

      lance.robile - 2013-03-18 11:45

      Well that goes without saying, i mean since when are the US into doing good for the benefit of anyone but them.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 19:03

      Lance, ""since when are the US into doing good,,,,,,,,"" Now, that is a pretty dumb and ignorant statement to make, from someone living in Africa!!! THE USA SAVES EVERY YEAR , MILLIONS OF AFRICANS, FROM STARVATION AND DYING FROM SICKNESSES LIKE HV-AIDS AND MALARIA But , this is just a little inconvenience for the lunatics of the violent left!!!!!

  • Zapadela Tista Rocha - 2013-03-18 09:16

    The Fedocracy will always play dirty.Tis in their genetic make-up. They are doomed by Fedocarcy rules.

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 09:33

    Plausible and possible. The US will not live Venezuela alone, not as long as there are huge amounts of gas and oil sitting on Venezuelan subterranean.

      sterling.ferguson.397 - 2013-03-18 18:10

      Venezuela under Chavez talks one way and did other things. The US is still shipping a lot of food to Venezuela, and the Government of Venezuela has invested a lot of money in the US. As Obama has said that Chavez is no threat to the US with her massive economy and Venezuela has nothing but oil. As a matter of facts, food production has gone down in Venezuela along with her industrial production and oil is the only bright spot in her economy. The people have money and nothing to buy, and this is why this country is faced with a high inflation rate. Venezuela is a country that is 85% jungle and it rains everyday in most places in this country so there is nothing else to produce in this country for food. You must remember that the US was the country that developed the oil in Venezuela and not the other way around. It was the US that developed the off shore oil industry in Brazil and not the other way around. The government of these countries are coming to the US seeking investment from the US with her vast technology. It was the US companies that designed the offshores platforms to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil so, stop BS.

  • Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-18 09:35

    This guy seems to have a new plot every week, reminds me of a soap opera.

  • DSBennie - 2013-03-18 09:45

    Yes, now they will kill him like they planned all along and blame it on the Americans

  • Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 09:50

    . The circus continues!! Maduro intention; Take away as much attention, of the mess this Chavez clown , left Venezuela in !! Reduced poverty!!!! The whole of South America has drastically reduced poverty, during the last 10 years! from 44 % to 29 % But Venezuela is the only S American country with a 22 % inflation !! The highest in this continent!! while economic growth per capita was its lowest!!!!! This all, while Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves, and global oil prices increased tenfold. It is hard to imagine anyone squandering the peoples money more than this Chavez did, Only the ignorant, will still praise this guy !!!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 12:04

      . Mr Leepile, Does the truth hurt 'that' much ?????

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 12:10

      "The whole of South America has drastically reduced poverty, during the last 10 years!from 44 % to 29 %" "POVERTY in Latin America and the Caribbean fell from 48.4 percent in 1990 to 31.4 percent in 2010, reaching its lowest level in 20 years, according to a new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The rate of extreme poverty or indigence (a level of income that does not cover nutritional needs) also fell during this period—from 22.6 percent to 12.3 percent." Venezuela with Argentina and Brazil are the only countries which made significant strides. Stop pulling stats from your @$$, hoping no one will challenge you!

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-03-18 12:32

      Look at Chile.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 12:40

      Fidel Bullsista, Me say==============44 to 29 % You say=============48.4 to 31.4 % One has to be very ignorant not to know, that one can have 10 sets of 'reliable' statistics, and all have different actual figures. But, I am ok, to go with your figures, so it is 48.4 to 3i.4 !! ""Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina are the only countries which made significant strides"" THAT is just not true !!!! Anyhow, the jest of my comment was; That with the Billions, Chavez had at his disposal, Venezuela is in a worse shape, than most South American countries. Also, if the price of crude oil would drop drastically, over the next few years, which it could easily, as the world is going to have such oversupply of this black stuff, than the social welfare, aka, handouts< will no longer be sustainable!! ASk the Greeks and Spaniards about this one !!!!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 13:05

      "Anyhow, the jest of my comment was; That with the Billions, Chavez had at his disposal, Venezuela is in a worse shape, than most South American countries." The majority of Venezuelans (with billions of $ from oil revenue that have always been there) are in a better position than they were 10 years ago, and this they have affirmed in every election since 2002, and will be doing the same in April, in the up coming election. You should be careful when using comparative arguments as the variables between the countries are not the same, e.g. the levels of poverty, access to health, running water and education in Venezuela are not the same as those of Brazil, Honduras or Argentina, i.e. they are not starting from the same position of underdevelopment.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 17:44

      Fidel, The problem you have is, because of you silly and childish anti Western rhethoric, you have lost all sense of reality. One sees this in most of your comments re Venezuela, Russia, Iran, China, N Korea ,Syria etC You just cant see ANYTHING wrong with these leaderships. That is NUTS!! If ever someone fell for G.W Bush, most dumb utterance, it must be you: "If you are not with me, you are against me" It is YOU, who sees the world in black and white !! East ---West The good and the Bad!!! Anyhow, going back to Venezuela; There are not many countries in the world, where there are elections, where the opposition, is reluctant to participate in the next elections, cause whoever wins, will get the legacy of Chavez, and sooner than later the sh.t will hit the fan. The kind of 'economy' Mother Hugo wanted to built, is NOT sustainable!! As soon as one hears the word "LOVE" in politics, be rest assured, there is something drasically wrong. gaddafi=======The people 'love' me The same with this Chavez. Can you imagine a German saying; " I love Angela Merkel " They will think that person has lost its mind, and than burst into laughter !!!

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 17:58

      I guess wallowing in ad hominens is a lot easier than actually producing a credible counter argument. Given your propensity for incoherent rambling, as evidenced by this post I'm replying to, I'll leave the conversation at that.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-18 18:24

      Fidel, Whatever !!

  • Ben - 2013-03-18 12:15

    Sound like the perfect scapegoat for killing your rival...

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-18 15:31

      Not plausible as this will bring instability to that country, something that the incumbents fear as instability is what the CIA and other US alphabet agencies thrive on.

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