Buenos Aires Herald

Venezuela’s Chávez says Gaddafi still Libya’s leader
Buenos Aires Herald

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said he will only recognize a Libyan government led by his friend and ally Muammar Gaddafi and accused the United States of inciting the country’s civil war.

Chávez accused Western powers of riding roughshod over international laws by supporting the rebels in their revolt against Gaddafi.

« This is kicking, spitting … on the most basic elements of international law, » he said. « Where are the international rights? This is like the caveman era. »

Venezuela’s socialist leader spoke after rebels overran Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli in what appeared to be the end of his 42-year rule.

« We only recognize one government, the one led by Muammar Gaddafi, » Chávez said to applause as he presided over a cabinet meeting broadcast live on state TV.