Venezuelan Chavez warns over plot to kill Bolivian Evo Morales
During his Sunday TV show, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned over a plot to kill Bolivian President Evo Morales. Chavez said he had phoned Morales earlier to ask for tighter security measures. Morales has paved the way for a Referendum on a left leaning Constitution. Local opposition would be toying with the idea of halting it by killing Morales, Chavez said.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez announced on Sunday that a plot to assassinate his friend and ally Evo Morales of Bolivia had been uncovered. Chavez said the Bolivian president called and told him that authorities in the Andean country had uncovered the plot. The Venezuelan leader said during a radio broadcast that he wouldn't go into details _ leaving that to Bolivian officials _ but he said he told Morales to «be careful. Morales' office declined to comment. Morales is one of several leftist Latin American allies who share Chavez's antagonism toward Washington. He has faced persistent protests by opponents but won a recall referendum in August. Chavez also has said that he himself is a target. In September, he said his government had detained several suspects who were planning to assassinate him in an operation backed by the U.S. U.S. officials have repeatedly denied Chavez's accusations that Washington has backed attempts to overthrow him.