Latin America & Caribbean

Venezuela leader Maduro alleges Colombia assassination plot

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (centre) raises his clenched fist after taking office in April
Image caption Nicolas Maduro won April's election by a narrow margin, official results show

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused former Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe of plotting to assassinate him.

Mr Maduro said he had evidence that right-wing Venezuelan politicians had been involved in the plot.

He has alleged conspiracies against him since taking over from the late President Hugo Chavez and winning disputed elections last month.

Mr Uribe - a fierce critic of President Chavez - dismissed Mr Maduro's accusation as "immature".

On Friday, Mr Maduro said: "Uribe is behind a plot to kill me. Uribe is a killer.

"I have enough evidence of who is conspiring, and there are sectors of the Venezuelan right involved," Mr Maduro added.

Hours later, Mr Uribe responded by saying: "To the immature accusation by the dictatorship... just one response: repeat the elections."

Image caption Alvaro Uribe has repeatedly criticised Venezuela's government

Mr Maduro won the 14 April poll by a narrow margin of 1.49%, according to the official results.

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles is challenging the result, alleging irregularities.

During his term in office Alvaro Uribe clashed with Hugo Chavez on a number of issues.

Mr Uribe, a conservative, stepped down in 2010.

Ties between the two neighbouring countries have been steadily improving since then.

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