The former Defense Minister, who broke with his former boss and political ally, Hugo Chavez, in advance of a December constitutional referendum, also criticized the Venezuelan President's contacts with the FARC guerillas in neighboring Colombia, saying it created "confusion, restlessness, and rejection within the Venezuelan Armed Forces."
Interviewed by telephone from Caracas, Baduel maintained that Chavez lost considerable public support after losing the December referendum, and this has caused him to increase his rhetoric.
"Like any other populist leader, [Chavez] needs the approval and the support from the masses in order to stay in power. Hence, his verbal incontinence, solely for personal gains, and to capitalize on his image," Baduel said.
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