Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Suspicious goings on in Venezuela

A state governor and close confidant of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a vehicle he was riding in plunged into a river.

Willian Lara's body was found early Saturday in Uverito River in Guarico state, where he was governor.

State administrator Gustavo Mendez said the driver, who survived, lost control in a rainstorm Friday and the Toyota 4Runner fell in. He said the driver managed to help Lara out of the vehicle but he was lost in the rushing waters.

The 53-year-old was a leader of Chavez's party, a lawmaker and former president of the National Assembly. He was Chavez's information minister before being elected governor in 2008.

Chavez mourned his death on Twitter, calling him a "true revolutionary."

As in any political thriller or mafia movie, the driver survived the accident, and managed to get Lara out of the car, but then "lost" Lara "in the rushing waters".

Lara was a potential intra party rival of Chavez, and was establishing an independent regional power base. More than just a lucky coincidence for Chavez?

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