Buenos Aires - Embattled Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro claimed on Wednesday that his government has foiled a planned attack on him and other key officials.
Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez on Wednesday said former soldiers and police had plotted to kill Maduro, his wife Cilia Flores and the president of the pro-governmental constituent assembly, Diosdado Cabello.
Rodriguez said the plotters had planned to release jailed ex-General Raul Isaias Baduel from prison and declare him president, the El Universal newspaper reported.
Rodriguez identified the governments of Colombia and Chile as the masterminds behind the alleged coup attempt.
Maduro himself spoke of "a power-obsessed minority planning violence and war."