Chavez calls Bush administration a 'mafia'

May 25, 2006 04:04

President Hugo Chavez compared US President George W. Bush to the infamous mobster Al Capone on Wednesday, and said Venezuela will buy Russian fighter jets because the US has blocked sales of replacement parts for its military planes. Chavez took sharp issue with Bush's remarks this week about an "erosion of democracy" in Venezuela, and also criticized a US move to curtail arms sales after Washington said the South American nation was failing to cooperate in counterterrorism efforts. "The one that supports terrorism is the US government," Chavez said, calling Bush the "biggest tyrant in history" and saying Venezuela is becoming more democratic - not less.

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