US after coup in Venezuela: Morales

US after coup in Venezuela: Morales
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:30:15

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has accused the United States of planning to stage a coup in Venezuela, criticizing Washington for questioning the results of the recent Venezuelan presidential election.

“I am certain that behind those remarks, the United States is preparing a coup d’état in Venezuela,” said Morales said in a press conference in the capital, Lapaz, referring to a White House demand for a full vote recount in Venezuela.


He also rejected the White House’s moral authority to question electoral results worldwide.


“I would like to express that this is a flagrant US interference in Venezuela’s democracy, as neither that spokesperson nor the US government has moral authority to question electoral results in any Latin American country or around the world.”


Morales also confirmed that he would attend Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration ceremony next Friday as a sign of support to the president-elect.


Maduro won the Sunday’s presidential election by 50.8 percent of the votes against the opposition leader’s 49 percent.


Since the electoral authority declared Maduro the winner, the opposition has staged several violent protests, leaving at least seven people dead and over 60 others injured.


Defeated Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles cancelled a planned protest march for Wednesday after Maduro vowed he would not allow the rally to go ahead.


On March 8, Maduro became Venezuela’s acting president, following the death of late President Hugo Chavez, who lost a two-year-long battle with cancer on March 5.


Maduro has promised to continue the socialist policies of the former leader.


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