Venezuela: Maduro accuses ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe of assassination plot


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro takes part in a May Day rally in Caracas on May 1, 2013. Maduro has accused former Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe of plotting to kill him.


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The list of outlandish accusations made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in recent months just got a little longer.

Maduro has accused former Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe of plotting his assassination with “sectors of the Venezuelan right” – charges Uribe dismissed as “immature” on Twitter.

“Uribe is behind a plot to kill me," Maduro said in a televised speech on Friday.

"Uribe is a killer. I have enough evidence of who is conspiring, and there are sectors of the Venezuelan right that are involved."

Uribe – an outspoken critic of former President Hugo Chavez – responded in a tweet: "To the immature accusation by the dictatorship crazed by fraud and violence, only one response: that the elections be repeated."

Maduro, whose narrow victory in the April presidential election sparked claims of electoral fraud and demands for a vote recount, has previously accused the U.S. of seeking to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles to stir up trouble in the oil-rich nation. 

He later claimed that he himself was the target of an assassination plot by mercenaries from El Salvador.

And who could forget Maduro’s claim in the final hours of Chavez’s life that "historic enemies" were responsible for infecting the former president with cancer.

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