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Chavez Summarizes 2005, Accuses US of Interference

Chavez Summarizes Accomplishments of 2005 and Accuses U.S. of Interference in Venezuela


Caracas, Venezuela, January 16, 2006—In his annual speech to the nation and to the National Assembly, last Friday, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez summarized his government’s accomplishments of 2005, outlined plans for the near future, and lambasted the U.S. government for its imperial ambitions and its efforts to interfere in Venezuelan affairs.

Chavez said the U.S. government is attempting to Venezuela from buying arms. Chavez said, “the horrid US empire wants to impose itself on the world. They don’t respect anything, nothing.”

Chavez’s speech lasted several hours, covering many topics, such as poverty, public sector pay increases, defense, and accusations of anti-Semitism.

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