Chavez sees plot to kill Venezuela opposition rival

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Posted: Mar 19, 2012 9:38 PM
Chavez sees plot to kill Venezuela opposition rival

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Monday he had information about a planned assassination attempt against his opposition rival Henrique Capriles.

"The head of intelligence met with a team of the Miranda governor, because there's some information out there that they want to kill him," Chavez said in a phone call to state TV. "It's not the government, not at all, on the contrary."

Chavez, who is due to face Miranda state governor Capriles in an October 7 presidential vote, said the government had offered protection to the opposition leader, but gave no more details of the alleged plot against him.

(Editing by Eric Beech)