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Chavez launches barrage of insults against opponent

The Americas Post - Hugo Chavez called his opponent a pig but is looking a bit porky himself

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Thursday intensified his insults against the united opposition candidate, referring to him as a “mediocre pig” with no chance of beating him in the October elections.

After an unusual silence following the opposition primaries held on Sunday, in the last two days Chavez resumed his marathon speeches. On Wednesday he used a barrage of adjectives against his rival, calling him bourgeois-oligarchic and anti-patriotic.

Henrique Capriles, a lawyer with 39 years experience who was elected as opposition candidate to face the retired military officer, said after his primary win he would avoid confrontations with the president. The 57 year old ruling Socialist on Wednesday described himself as a “statesman who does not throw stones,” but then added that his opponent lies to qualify as progressive while representing the “stale Venezuelan oligarchy.”

“You have a pig tail, pig ears, you’re hoarse as a pig, you’re a pig, do not try to hide it,” Chavez said in a ceremony broadcast on radio and television attended by American actor Sean Penn.

“You will rule the territory of Tarzan and the monkey Cheeta, but not here,” said the president.

“His advisors are saying do not confront me, but you have to confront me or run away,” Chavez said at a graduation ceremony for some 2,000 community physicians trained by Cuban doctors.

Capriles said his only fight is with the poverty, corruption and insecurity that plague the OPEC member country.