CARACAS, Venezuela -- Casting his vote Sunday in a Caracas slum, interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that if he wins Sunday’s election he is prepared to reestablish relations with the United States “in terms of equality and respect.”
"There are always problems because they are always conspiring," Maduro said of the U.S.
During his campaign to succeed the late President Hugo Chavez, Maduro accused the U.S. of conspiring with opposition labor unions and causing electric power blackouts. He expelled two U.S. military attachés last month.
Favored to win Sunday’s contest, Maduro said he also had new evidence of a U.S.-sponsored plot to destabilize the country, details of which he said he would announce at a news conference Monday.
After voting with his wife, Celia Flores, Maduro said he was acting for the “Big Guy,” a reference to Chavez, who died March 5 after naming Maduro his political heir. Sunday's election was to determine who would serve the remainder of Chavez’s term that runs through January 2019.