Colombian President rapped by Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro raps Colombia president

Fri, 31 May 2013 09:28:12 GMT

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has censured his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos for ‘betrayal’ over his meeting with Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

“I’m very sorry President Santos has given credence to the fascist Venezuelan right wing,” Maduro said Thursday.

On April 14, Maduro won Venezuela’s presidential election with 50.7 percent of the vote against 49.1 percent for Capriles. However, the opposition leader refused to accept the results and lawyers representing the opposition coalition lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court, claiming that a number of irregularities had occurred.

Maduro added that he put Bogota-Caracas bilateral relations under review after the Colombian president’s meeting with Capriles on May 29. “Meanwhile, we will continue evaluating all our relations with the Colombian government,” he stated.

Caracas has also pulled out its envoy to peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) held in Cuba in reaction to the Santos-Capriles meeting.

Referring to his efforts for the achievement of peace in Colombia, Maduro said during a speech on state TV, “Now they’re going to pay us like this, with betrayal. I’ve lost confidence in President Santos unless he shows me the contrary.”
Maduro replaced late President Hugo Chavez, who lost a two-year-long battle with cancer on March 5. He has promised to continue the socialist policies of the former leader.

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