CARACAS, Thursday March 19, 2009 | Update
The Attorney General Office formally charged Manuel Rosales, former governor of Zulia state and current mayor of Maracaibo, of alleged embezzlement, said the Attorney General Office in a statement.
The indictment was filed in the Office for the Distribution of Proceedings, in Zulia state (in northwestern Venezuela), by 11th National Prosecutor Katiuska Plaza, who filed 26 records, 12 of which are related to a thorough research made by the Attorney General Office, and the remaining 14 came from the researches made by the Comptroller General Office.
The prosecution asked for the arrest of mayor Manuel Rosales, a former presidential candidate who ran against President Hugo Chávez in 2006.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.