Venezuela president 'to resign'
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez is preparing to resign to the country's military leaders, reports say.
National television, quoting army command, reported that the president had handed himself over to three generals at the presidential palace of Miraflores.
The country's top generals - including army chief General Efrain Vasquez - had declared themselves in rebellion after a day of violence at an opposition rally in the capital Caracas left 11 people dead and more than 80 wounded.
Reports that President Chavez had already surrendered were denied by Information Minister Teresa Maniglia, who told news agency AFP by telephone that he was "still inside his presidential office". MORE
Don't believe everything you read. These mainstream media are selling the U.S. policy.
Reports on the ground say that Chavez security is refusing to cooperate with the coup plotters.