A U.S. man held in Venezuela on suspicion of espionage was playing the part of a documentary filmmaker to penetrate the government’s circle of supporters, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said today.
Venezuela cut off the transmission of a speech by opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski yesterday using a system of national broadcasts known as “cadena” after he said the government “stole” this month’s election.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s president after a week in which rising tensions with the opposition over the disputed April 14 vote undermined investor confidence in how the government will manage the world’s largest oil reserves.
Venezuelan bonds plunged the most in 15 years as seven people died in street protests demanding a vote recount of President-elect Nicolas Maduro’s victory, adding to concern that instability will undermine the economy.
Venezuela’s bonds tumbled the most in two months and the nation’s default risk rose as opposition parties challenged the election victory of ex-President Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello accused lawmakers from the party of former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski of receiving financial contributions without declaring them to the electoral board.
Venezuela National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said today that he would not call new elections if President Hugo Chavez is unable to be sworn in for a new term as scheduled on Jan. 10 because of cancer treatment in Cuba.