Posted on Monday, 03.18.13
Opposition leader wants to halt Cuba oil shipments
The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles
says he would stop trading oil to Cuba for services such as Cuban
doctors providing medical care for Venezuela's poor.
Capriles says he opposes selling petroleum to Cuba under preferential
terms because it doesn't benefit Venezuela.
Former President Hugo Chavez forged close ties with Fidel and Raul
Castro in Cuba, and he provided the island with more than 100,000
barrels of oil a day on beneficial terms.
During a speech Monday, Capriles said that if he becomes president, in
his words, "not another drop of oil will go toward financing the
government of the Castros."
Capriles is campaigning against Chavez's chosen successor ahead of a
crucial April 14 presidential election. A poll released Monday says
government candidate Nicolas Maduro leads Capriles by 14 percentage points.