Venezuelan parliament rejects U.S. ambassador

13:36, January 07, 2011      

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Venezuela's top lawmaker on Thursday rejected the U.S. Department of State's proposal of keeping Larry Palmer as U.S. ambassador to Venezuela.

"We must continue to ratify the position within the state public powers in the sense that this man (Palmer) cannot come to this country," said Fernando Soto, president of the Venezuelan National Assembly.

U.S. Department of State spokesman Phillip Crowley said on Wednesday that his country stood by Palmer as its choice for ambassador to Venezuela despite rejection by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

In August 2010, Venezuela refused to accept Palmer as the U.S. ambassador as the American had said the Venezuelan military forces had low esteem and Venezuela was hosting Colombian guerrillas.

Source: Xinhua

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