Wednesday, April 10th 2013 - 22:21 UTC

Opposition candidate claims Argentina owes Venezuela 13billion dollars in oil contracts

The opposition candidate in Venezuela’s next Sunday’s presidential again pounded on his country’s foreign policy and claimed that Argentina has a pending debt of 13 billion dollars arising from oil contracts.

A forceful Capriles blasting incumbent Maduro who turned up wearing a hat with Chavez ‘spirit’

“Most of the economic problems that Venezuela is suffering are the result on an inefficient management of the country’s plentiful resources and the ‘money gifts’ from the Hugo Chavez regime” said Henrique Capriles in a television interview.

Capriles on Sunday will try to defeat acting president Nicolas Maduro who was chosen by the deceased (March 5) leader Hugo Chavez as his successor, but first must be confirmed in the ballot box, something which most public opinion polls indicate as the most probable result.

“The Argentine government debt according to the oil contracts signed is estimated in 13billion dollars. If to this we add the 7billion handouts every year, the 15 billion which corruption takes from Cadivi (office that regulates and distributes dollars to pay for imports) and the 8 billion every year must be paid for food imports, how big is the bill?” asked Capriles.

“I’m no magician but I believe the resources of our country have been terribly distributed” in fourteen years of the Chavez administration, said Capriles who then accused Maduro “for having squandered 70 billion dollars overseas” to buy political influence.

“Who was the Foreign minister during the last six years, who opened Venezuela’s cheque book to foreigners, who is the consented child of the Cuban government? Obviously the incumbent candidate” underlined Capriles.

Since Nestor Kirchner took office as Argentine president ten years ago a close political and economic alliance with Venezuela has been built to the extent that the Chavez administration became the main partner of all the bilateral treaties signed by the Kirchner presidential couple.

While Venezuela supplies crude and fuels (and at a certain moment was the only purchaser of Argentine sovereign bonds), Argentina sends food, provides farming technology and hopefully will be given a share of major infrastructure projects that is must dispute with Brazil.

Meantime candidate Maduro in a political rally turned up wearing a straw hat with an artificial bird standing out.

“Look how beautiful, it was a gift from an ex-pat in Nicaragua”, said Maduro adding, “how pretty with a bird up there. It looks like a Vietnam hat from the Ho Chi Minh army”.

Last week at the beginning of the campaign Maduro said that the deceased president Chavez had turned up to him in the form of a tiny chirping bird, a confession that triggered criticism from the opposition and extensive mocking in the social networks.
“I felt he was giving us his blessing saying ‘today takes off the battle. Go for victory, you have our blessings’; that’s how I felt it in my soul” confessed Maduro at the opening of his campaign in Barinas, Chavez homeland.

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1 ElaineB (#) Apr 10th, 2013 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
As I have said many time, Venezuela OWNES Argentina.

Love the bird joke hat.
2 cornelius (#) Apr 10th, 2013 - 10:56 pm Report abuse
Two disfunctional countries run by idiots and the people alows them!
3 andy65 (#) Apr 10th, 2013 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
More bailiffs knocking at the door soon.
4 JamesS (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 12:06 am Report abuse
what was he thinking wearing that straw hat, might as well put a cuckoo on top...
5 Troy Tempest (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 03:32 am Report abuse
The cuckoo is UNDER the hat
6 golfcronie (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 07:01 am Report abuse
And we are vexpected to take these LATAM counries seriously. You could't make it up. Fancy him turning up at the UN looking like that HaHaHa
LATAM a F******G joke.
7 Stevie (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
You prefer ties and suits and people that are totally out in touch with reality instead. You call him a simple bus driver. How many in the British parliament has actually had a proper job, besides being a lying politician?

That hat is really funny, and a relief. For a second, I thought the man had went crazy with his religious ramblings...
8 Anbar (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 09:50 am Report abuse
“And we are vexpected to take these LATAM counries seriously.”

ever seen the mayor of London? Same look, but doesnt need the hat.
9 manchesterlad (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 12:42 pm Report abuse
I guess since Arg follows Venezuela in everything, CFK will start showing up with a gaucho hat with a penguin on top in honour of the late 'tuerco'

Anything to try & get her ratings up before the Oct midterm elections!!!
10 Condorito (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 01:37 pm Report abuse
I thought they would struggle to find a leader as nutty as Chavez, but they have pulled it off.

For the sake of Venezuela, Maduro needs to win.
11 golfcronie (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 02:24 pm Report abuse
There you go lying again, where did I say “ You call him a simple bus driver ”
Comon, can you take a man in a straw hat and talks about a bird talking to him seriously? I had a hole in one today, this little bird ( seagull ) swept down and picked my ball off the fairway and dropped it in the hole. Only trouble was that the bird really dropped me in the shit because I had to pay the drinks. Can you believe that? I suppose most of the thickos in Latam would believe it.
12 Stevie (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 02:37 pm Report abuse
Not you in particular, but you lot in general.

If you can believe and impose Christianity all over the world, sure you can believe in a bird talking, no? I mean, if a bush can do so, why not a bird?
13 golfcronie (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 03:47 pm Report abuse
@ 8
Only on ceremonial occasions, rest of time would wear a suit
14 Pirate Love (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 04:03 pm Report abuse
this will “go down” as the most expensive blow job in latam history.....
15 Britworker (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 05:54 pm Report abuse
The banana republic is going to vote in another coconut. Oh and what a surprise, yet another country stating that Argentina owes then money.
16 briton (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 05:58 pm Report abuse
so thats why CFK left in a hurry,

she owes so much money, that she is now scared to travel, incase she gets nicked.

17 andy65 (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 06:15 pm Report abuse
@Stevie We do have a lot of legal people in parliament real lawyers not like Kirchner who pretends to be a lawyer remember when she said she had amassed millions of $$ representing high profile cases to try and verify where her and Nazi Nestor had got all that stolen money from
18 ChrisR (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 06:25 pm Report abuse
Yes, Maduro must get in if only to bust the country once and for all so that the blind, dumb, stupid peons can lose all their benefits.

Then, after the civil war, somebody with a brain might get in. But what a job he/she would have; a bit like Argentina.
19 briton (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 06:26 pm Report abuse
If she was a lawyer
If she was a good lawyer
If she was an honest lawyer

She would know she has no legal case to answer,
The Falklands are British,

So she was a bad lawyer
She was a corrupt lawyer
That’s why she went into politics .lol
20 GeoffWard2 (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
You have to feel sorry for Venezuela.
It could be forever a 'tin pot' country

... where the votes of the large majority of easily-persuaded, largely illiterate and innumerate people of voting age ensure that an increasingly bizzare governance is perpetuated.

Those educated, with an understanding of the outside world and the tenets of sound governance, may never get the opportunity to get the country off its knees. Almost by definition, these are a voting minority.

If all the animals in the farmyard were given an vote equal to that of the farmer, the chickens would be running the farm.
In Venezuela, the little birds are running the country, and they have notoriously little brains.

And yes, I really do know the implication of what I am saying,
but it still seems to me that, in Venezuela, the turkeys continue to believe the blandishments that lead directly to Christmas.
21 yankeeboy (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 07:22 pm Report abuse
Oh what a surprise more money owed by Argentina yet not accounted for by the Ks.
Seems to me they are probably much deeper in debt than they were in 2001 and the interest keeps getting tacked on day by day.

This will be one huge mess to clean up once she is out of office.

I think the Rs will see at least a generation of depression to pay for a decade of spending with nothing to show for it.

Maybe 2 generations.
22 Pirate Love (#) Apr 11th, 2013 - 07:30 pm Report abuse
@21 fingers crossed.

standby, tango one!!! anywhere but here
23 RICO (#) Apr 12th, 2013 - 07:05 am Report abuse

Following the death of world class politician St. Margaret of Finchley I have decided to rename Argentina. From today its new name in english is Thatchertina. Please use the correct new name from now on in your postings.

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