No. 489

Infobeat News

Venezuela's Chavez warns he could
implement emergency measures

AFX News Limited

President Hugo Chavez warned he could implement emergency measures to prevent what he called a sabotage of the economy by the leaders of a five-week-old strike.

"The government is ready to activate the measures it needs to activate," he said in a nationally broadcast speech delivered at a Caracas school.

He said the government has prepared a series of emergency measures which could be implemented at any time to guarantee economic stability should the opposition step up its protests.