The government of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heightened its battle Tuesday against the only critical private broadcaster left in the nation, launching a fourth investigation into the Globovision network. Two officials with Venezuela’s Conatel agency, which regulates the nation’s telecommunications, served the papers at Globovision’s station in Caracas
Venezuela has blasted Peru’s granting of political asylum to a Venezuelan politician wanted on corruption charges. “Despite the amount of evidence, the Peruvian government decided to grant Manuel Rosales political asylum,” Venezuela’s government said in a statement Monday. “It’s a decision that thwarts international law, inflicts a blow to the fight against corruption and is an affront to the people of Venezuela.” Asylum was granted to Rosales — the mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela — on humanitarian grounds, Peru’s foreign minister said earlier Monday
President Obama doesn’t have a one-on-one meeting scheduled with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but if Chavez were to initiate a conversation, Obama would likely go along with it, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. Obama on Friday travels to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas, a meeting of leaders from North and South America
Venezuelans will decide Sunday whether to change the constitution to allow President Hugo Chavez and other elected officials to run for office indefinitely. The National Assembly approved the referendum last month. Venezuelans narrowly rejected a similar measure in December 2007.