Venezuela foils alleged attempt on President Maduro’s life

epa07539015 Supporters of Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido gather for a rally in Union Square in New York, New York, USA, 30 April 2019. The struggle for power in Venezuela between Guaido, who declared himself the interim president of Venezuela earlier this year, and President Nicolas Maduro escalated this week and there is speculation that the country's military may been shifting its allegiance to Guadio's opposition party. EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

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An attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has failed the country’s government said. Maduro has accused the United States of being behind an alleged coup plot.

Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said active and retired military officers were involved in the plan, which was set to take place on Sunday or Monday, he said, accusing Chile and Colombia of also being involved in the alleged coup attempt.

Rodriguez added that opposition leader Juan Guaido was planning “a bloodbath.”

Guaido, who has the support of the United States and about 50 other countries to replace Maduro, dismissed the attempted coup claims as fiction, saying the media had “lost count” of how many times the government had alleged this.



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