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Chavez Claims Rival Tried To Murder Him

From his fans at the DNC's Associated Press:

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez greets supporters during the inauguration of a water plant in the western state of Zulia September 29, 2006.

Chavez: Assassination attempt foiled

By NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON, Associated Press Writer

Sat Sep 30

CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez, who has repeatedly spoken of various plots on his life, said Saturday a sniper with a long-range gun and a motorcycle to escape on had planned to shoot him as he exited a helicopter on a recent trip to western Venezuela.

The incident allegedly occurred when Chavez visited the western oil-producing region of Zulia in June to inaugurate a refurbished fertilizer plant. Chavez appeared to link the plot to his main rival in upcoming presidential elections, Gov. Manuel Rosales of Zulia state, claiming that he is in constant danger from opponents seeking to get rid of him.

"The plan didn't work out for them — God is always present over there. But those responsible left for Colombia,
and by the way, they were from the Zulia police," he said.

He did not elaborate further on the alleged plot…

Chavez has also accused the U.S. government of secretly backing his opponents in the Dec. 3 elections and recently claimed that President Bush may be seeking to kill him after he called the U.S. leader "the devil" at the United Nations General Assembly…

Curious that he would go to the trouble to make this up and not blame Bush directly. Though of course he insists that Bush is behind his opponent. So it’s a "two-fer."

By the way, Hitler always used to claim that God (or rather Providence) prevented his assassinations, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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