The newly-appointed defence minister in Venezuela has pledged to serve President Hugo Chavez and fight any coup that threatens his leadership. Mr Chavez is facing a referendum poll over his presidency that opposition members fear he may block. General Jorge Garcia Carneiro has warned that disobedience and treason in the country would not be tolerated. About 100 dissident officers were dismissed after supporting a bungled coup against Mr Chavez in April 2002. “We will not allow disobedience… we want no more treason against the people of Venezuela,” General Carneiro said as he took over as defence minister in the capital, Caracas. Full Story
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