Venezuela's Maduro says Colombia's Uribe plotting to kill him

CARACAS Fri May 3, 2013 5:30pm EDT

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro smiles during a news conference with Venezuela's Under-17 soccer team in Caracas April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro smiles during a news conference with Venezuela's Under-17 soccer team in Caracas April 30, 2013.

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe was plotting to kill him, adding to a deluge of accusations by the former bus driver in recent months.

"Uribe is behind a plot to kill me," Maduro said in a televised speech. "Uribe is a killer. I have enough evidence of who is conspiring, and there are sectors of the Venezuelan right that are involved."

He did not provide details.

The Venezuelan president, who was elected in April by a narrow margin, earlier this year accused the United States of seeking to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles to stir chaos and spark a coup.

He later said he himself was the target of an assassination plot by mercenaries from El Salvador who had entered Venezuela.

The leftist, former President Hugo Chavez frequently clashed with Uribe while the two were both in office over issues ranging from border security to free trade agreements and military cooperation with the United States.

Chavez died in March after a two-year battle with cancer

Just hours before his death, Maduro alleged "imperialist" conspirators had infected the former president with the disease.

Like the late Chavez, Maduro has frequently denounced assassination attempts but rarely presented proof or demonstrated who was responsible for them.

(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Deisy Buitrago; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (17)
Silverking wrote:
Sure hope you are right, Maduro. Back to the bus depot.

May 03, 2013 7:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
menemena wrote:
its not your enemies trying to kill you, its your friends

May 03, 2013 7:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
A.Cortez wrote:
Sounds like a man plotting a civil war against the opposition…

May 03, 2013 10:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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