Venezuela threatens to oust observers

May 13, 2004 at 5:46 PM
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CARACAS, Venezuela, May 13 (UPI) -- Venezuela's elections council threatened to oust foreign elections observers Thursday, El Nacionel reported.

The National Elections Council, or CNE, accused observers from the Organization of American States and the U.S.-based Carter Center of commiserating with the opposition's initiative for a presidential recall.

Francisco Carrasquero, CNE president, affirmed that the the OAS and Carter Center have taken a position "clearly slanted" in favor of the opposition movement.

The announcement has accelerated a political crisis already under way after the government discovered an alleged plot to kill President Hugo Chavez.

The government arrested more than 100 suspected Colombian paramilitaries Monday and Tuesday. The paramilitaries were allegedly training outside Caracas to assassinate Chavez.

Topics: Hugo Chavez
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