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Unformatted text preview: n the South American nation following the death of President Hugo Ch ávez last week, ahead of new elections. Hours before the Venezuelan government announced Chávez’s passing last Tuesday, Caracas expelled two U.S. Air Force attachés. The U.S. followed in kind, dismissing two Venezuelan diplomats on Sunday. “Around the world, when our people are thrown out unjustly, we’re going to take reciprocal action,” Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement on Monday. “And we need to do that to protect our own people.”
The Venezuelan government justified its action, saying that the attach és were engaged in efforts to destabilize the country during a time of political vulnerability.
It has been suggested that Venezuela’s acting president and the sot presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro expelled the attachés to appease supporters of his predecessor in preparation for elections scheduled for April 14. Maduro also recently accused the U.S. government of giving Ch...
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