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Chavez threatens to imprison foe

October 26, 2008|Times Wire Reports

President Hugo Chavez threatened to imprison the popular governor of Venezuela's western Zulia state for allegedly plotting to kill him.

Chavez leveled the accusation against Manuel Rosales -- one of Venezuela's four opposition governors -- just weeks before Nov. 23 gubernatorial and municipal elections.

Rosales, the two-time governor of Zulia, is running for mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela's second-largest city. He ran against Chavez for the presidency in 2006, but Chavez handily defeated him.

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