From FoxNews: Venezuela Says U.S. Behind Election Boycott.
Venezuela accused the U.S. government Wednesday of trying to destabilize the country by supporting an opposition boycott of the weekend's congressional elections. The United States denied the claim.
Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel alleged that the U.S. Embassy had links to moves by several opposition parties to pull out of Sunday's elections. ...
U.S. Embassy spokesman Brian Penn denied the allegations, saying the U.S. didn't "have anything to do with any of the actions of the political parties."
Venezuela's claims were the latest in a series of charges and counter charges leveled by both sides -- a situation that prompted U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield to state recently: "The United States is simply not responsible for everything that occurs in Venezuela."
And last month from FoxNews: Hugo Chavez: U.S. Planning to Invade Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (search) said Thursday that his government is preparing for a possible U.S. invasion and he warned that such "aggression" would send gasoline in the United States prices soaring higher.
The U.S. government repeated that it is not planning any such thing.
UPDATE -- Dec. 5: Pajamas Media has more on the boycott: Bloggers get the scoop on Venezuela's disputed election.
Posted by Forkum at December 1, 2005 04:07 PM