"Peru said Monday it has granted asylum to a Venezuelan opposition leader who faces corruption allegations back home but claims to be a victim of political persecution by President Hugo Chavez. Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde announced the decision before Congress, telling reporters later that Manuel Rosales was given asylum for "humanitarian reasons." . . . Rosales, who lost a presidential race to Chavez in 2006, stepped down as mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela's second-largest city, three weeks ago and went into hiding. Rosales' party said he was being harassed and feared for his safety, and he entered Peru as a tourist April 4 and requested political asylum last week. Rosales says he reported the disputed income in his income tax returns. He calls the accusation a "political lynching" ordered by Chavez and says a fair trial is impossible."
The Obama administration wants better relations with Chavez. Why?
We're not supposed to get along with dictators.