CARACAS, Monday March 18, 2013 | Update

Venezuela's Maduro warns about plans against life of opposition leader

Acting president and ruling party presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro said opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel needs new actors

Nicolás Maduro asserted that there are testimonies from Venezuelan military officials who have been contacted by US military officials to disturb order in the country (Photo: Miraflores Press Office)
Monday March 18, 2013  01:15 PM
Venezuelan acting president and ruling party presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro reaffirmed in an interview on Sunday that two former US officials are tuning up details to assassinate opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski and then blame the government.

Maduro also stated that the Venezuelan government is seriously interested in the respect of the political rights of the opposition leader. 

The acting president remarked that "committing a violent act against Henrique Capriles Radonski has been planned as opposition candidates have failed to win anything; this is how they seek to settle in the Miraflores Palace." He added that there are some testimonies from Venezuelan military officials, who were approached by US military officials to incite them to commit violent acts in the country.

Maduro advised opposition parties to renew their leaderships and incorporate new actors after April 14 (presidential election), particularly that of opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD).

Begging for cocoa

"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.

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