Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States on Sunday of plotting his overthrow through a coup or assassination should his opponents fail to secure a referendum vote against him this year. Speaking on the eve of a regional summit in Mexico, the left-wing leader, for the second day running, delivered a furious tirade against senior U.S officials who have criticized his five-year presidency. Venezuela is a major supplier of oil to the United States. The Venezuelan president said recent statements by U.S. officials urging him to submit to a constitutional referendum were “preparing the ground” for his possible violent ouster, either through a military coup or an assassin’s bullet. Full Story
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