Chavez: Plot to kill Bolivian pres. uncovered

December 21, 2008 1:04:07 PM PST
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says a plot to assassinate his friend and ally Evo Morales of Bolivia has been uncovered. Chavez says the Bolivian president called and told him that authorities in the Andean country had "discovered an assassination plot."

The Venezuelan leader said during a radio broadcast on Sunday that he wouldn't go into details - leaving that to Bolivian officials.

Morales is one of several close leftist allies in Latin America who share the Venezuelan leader's antagonistic stance toward the United States.

Chavez says he told Morales to "be careful."

Morales has faced persistent protests by opponents but won a recall referendum to reaffirm his mandate in August.