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Suspected Assassination Attempt Keeps Chavez from Attending Funes Inauguration

Information regarding a possible attempt on the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was the reason that he was not able to participate in the inauguration activities of Mauricio Funes in El Salvador, explained Minister Nicolás Maduro.

The minister stated that this was investigated by Salvadoran security forces and was also investigated later by Venezuela.

Investigations will continue into these threats of assassination, which ultra-rightwing groups have made in their eagerness to find a violent solution for Venezuela, the minister explained.

Maduro asserted that these threats could be related to the presence of Alejandro Peña Esclusa in El Salvador, a known opponent of the Chávez government. Peña Esclusa participated in a negative campaign of guilt by association against Funes, using the image of the Venezuelan president.

Likewise, the minister pointed to Luis Posada Carriles, wanted by the Venezuelan justice system for his participation in the deadly terrorist attack on a Cuban civilian airplane and who currently lives in the United States.

Maduro did not rule out that President Hugo Chávez could visit El Salvador at another time.

Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 2, 2009

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