March 5, 2013 / 6:31 PM / 5 years ago

Chavez's cancer was "attack" by enemies: Venezuela VP

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday the cancer afflicting Hugo Chavez was an “attack” by enemies among a barrage of conspiracies against him throughout his 14-year rule.

Maduro, in a live address to the nation, added that Venezuela was preparing “special measures” to counter an upsurge in plotting against the government during Chavez’s battle against cancer.

A U.S. diplomat had been expelled for trying to stir up a military plot against Chavez, he added.

Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis; Editing by Sandra Maler

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