Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (right) greets his supporters upon his arrival at a voting station in Caracas. Picture: Fernando Llano

Caracas - Venezuela has arrested three air force generals suspected of plotting an uprising against the leftist government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.

Maduro told a meeting of South American foreign ministers that the three generals, who were not identified, had been in contact with the opposition and “were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government.”