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U.S. Backs Plan for Referendum on Chavez

The World | IN BRIEF / VENEZUELA

August 16, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The United States, which has clashed politically with leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, strongly backed plans for a national referendum on whether he should stay in office.

"The United States, like other nations in the hemisphere, backs a constitutional solution to the crisis," spokesman Stephen McFarland at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas told a news conference.

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