Maduro claims US wants him killed

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD WEEKEND -

CARA­CAS: Venezue­lan so­cial­ist Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro yes­ter­day ac­cused the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion of seek­ing to as­sas­si­nate him, as re­la­tions strain be­tween the ide­o­log­i­cally op­posed na­tions.

Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion says Maduro lobs lu­di­crous ac­cu­sa­tions at en­e­mies to de­flect from his own in­com­pe­tence.

Al­most 2 mil­lion Venezue­lans have fled the coun­try since 2015, driven out by bru­tal food and medicine short­ages, hy­per­in­fla­tion, and vi­o­lent crime. Wash­ in­g­ton has im­posed sanc­tions on Venezuela, de­nounc­ing Maduro as a dic­ta­tor who has quashed hu­man rights and trig­gered an eco­nomic melt­down.

In a tele­vised broad­cast yes­ter­day, Maduro said the US had asked the Gov­ern­ment in neigh­bour­ing Colom­bia to kill him.

‘‘They have given the or­der from the White House that Maduro be killed.’’

Maduro did not give an ex­pla­na­tion for his ac­cu­sa­tions or pro­vide any ev­i­dence. — Reuters

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