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Topic - Bernardo Alvarez Herrera
Expulsion of U.S. and Venezuelan embassy officials is a game of diplomatic roulette that started under Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
Strained ties between Venezuela and the United States are unlikely to improve for now, the South American nation's top diplomat said Sunday.
The Obama administration revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the United States on Wednesday in a tit-for-tat diplomatic response to Venezuela's rejection of the U.S. choice to be the next envoy to the South American country.
As Venezuela's opposition prepares for Sunday's legislative elections, analysts say that even a strong nationwide vote in a free-and-fair election could translate into a meager number of seats due to gerrymandering and other actions by the government to help its allies.
Venezuela's boorish, brutish president, Hugo Chavez, has long showed he has no tolerance for criticism at home, jailing political opponents or shutting down independent media. Now he has demonstrated he will tolerate no back talk from the United States, even from a mild-mannered diplomat.
The ambassador of Venezuela, whose government is widely criticized for civil rights abuses, denounced a House subcommittee for holding a hearing into press censorship under socialist President Hugo Chavez, calling it a "sad spectacle" and vilifying a Latin American human rights official for appearing before the U.S. Congress.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Venezuela's new government-run Social Television (TVes) channel, created by President Hugo Chavez to replace the independent RCTV that he closed last week, has pulled a Miami-produced program off the air under threat of being sued for piracy.
"Just as what happens in legislative elections in the U.S.," he said, "we have to keep in mind that there is no a direct correlation between the number of votes nationally and the proportion of seats in the National Assembly."
"It is impossible to accept Mr. Palmer as ambassador, due to the conditions of what has occurred," Mr. Alvarez told reporters after delivering the letter to the State Department, which is still standing by