“Venezuela’s acting president said on Wednesday that “far right” figures in the United States were plotting to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an increasingly volatile atmosphere ahead of an April 14 election.
Accusations are flying and emotions are running high in the South American nation of 29 million people since the death last week of former socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
“We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition presidential candidate,” Nicolas Maduro said.
He gave no more details.
The State Department in Washington declined any immediate comment and there was no immediate response from Capriles’ camp.
Noriega, a former Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America under former President George W. Bush, denied Maduro’s accusation. “It’s absolute nonsense,” Noriega said.