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NBC News reports that hours before Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died at age 58, his second-in-command accused Chavez’ enemies of giving him cancer and announced the expulsion of two U.S. diplomats for an alleged plot to destabilize the government.
“There’s no doubt that Commandante Chavez’s health came under attack by the enemy,” Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in an address to the nation from the presidential palace.
Americans will remember the repressive leader for his mocking 2006 denunciation of President George W. Bush before the United Nations General Assembly — calling him “the devil” who thinks he is “the owner of the world.”
“Yesterday, the devil came here,” said Chavez, alluding to Bush’s appearance before the General Assembly the previous day. “Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.”
In rambling remarks translated from Spanish, he said the United States is “the gravest threat looking over our planet, placing at risk the very survival of the human species.”
Then Chavez dramatically made the sign of the cross, brought his hands together as if in prayer and glanced toward the ceiling. “It smells of sulfur here, but God is with us, and I embrace you all,” he said. “May God bless us all. Good day to you.”
Good day, Hugo.