in the News
Monday 15 April 2002 Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find
explanations of difficult words below.
Summary: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been returned to power
by junior army officers. He was briefly removed from power by the
military during a strike in the oil industry.
This report from Adam Easton:
Oil managers said Mr Chavez's decision to accept the resignations of the company's board of directors was a platform for normalising relations. The appointment of Mr Chavez's supporters to the board sparked four days of turmoil which ended in the deaths of more than forty people.
Mr Chavez's return caused widespread celebrations among his supporters. But many people have said they are concerned about a possible government crackdown against the Venezuelan leader's opponents. The celebrations have been marred by a second day of looting of shops and supermarkets in the capital, Caracas. So far, Mr Chavez has called for conciliation.
Pedro Carmona, who was installed by military leaders as interim president for forty-eight hours, was still in custody however, while the authorities decided whether to bring charges against him. Interior minister Ramon Rodrigues Chacin took a harder line. He warned that the coup leaders would have to take responsibility for bringing the country to the brink of civil war.