The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said on Tuesday that they planned to assassinate him last Sunday, when the country held legislative elections, and has accused the Colombian president, Iván Duque, to be behind this supposed plan.
“Through a very reliable Colombian intelligence source, (we learned) that they were preparing an attack to assassinate me the day of the elections, “said the president at a press conference in Caracas.
In addition, Maduro maintains that these information, which the authorities of his Government were “confirming”, suggest that the plan was woven from the headquarters of the Colombian Executive. “From the House of Nariño, Iván Duque participated to try to assassinate me the day of the elections, “he continued.
The Venezuelan ruler has explained this supposed plan when asked about the reasons for changing your polling place on the same day of the contest. “I took my legal precautions with the National Electoral Council (CNE), I took my security precautions and this whole matter is in an advanced investigation phase,” he added.
Maduro has denounced more than 40 assassination plans since he assumed power in 2013 and in almost all of them, it pointed out as presumed perpetrators the leaders and political leaders of the United States and Colombia.
Rejection of paramilitaries
Consulted on the alleged presence of dissidents from the Colombian guerrilla FARC, has replied that the position of his Government remains the same: “we do not accept nor will we accept any armed group from Colombia on Venezuelan soil.”
The president has indicated that there has been an anti-government campaign for years to denounce the presence of these groups in the national territory but insists, “the Republic’s weapons can only be used by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).”
“The message for them (paramilitaries) has always been very clear: do not touch Venezuelan soil (…) any group will be captured and the full weight of the law will be applied,” he stressed.
Maduro recalled that Venezuela and Colombia share a border of more than 2,000 kilometers, for which drug traffickers and smugglers “move”, a situation that, he assures, is contained by local authorities.