ANC says "imperialist forces" attempted to assassinate Venezuelan president

The ANC condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms, he said, adding that these barbaric acts have no place in the democratic and peace-loving world.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday accused "regime-change agents and imperialist forces" of attempting to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

"It is clear that regime-change agents and imperialist forces do not want to accept or respect the independence of the people of Venezuela and their democratically elected government," the ANC said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.

Maduro escaped unharmed from an attempted attack of explosive-laden drones on Saturday. At least two explosions in aerial devices reportedly occurred in front of the president's podium as Maduro was delivering a keynote address on the 81st anniversary of the National Bolivarian Guard.

Maduro blamed the attack on far-right factions in Venezuela and conspirators in the United States, saying they were responsible.

"We are concerned that these were not the first attacks in Venezuela," ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said.

Mabe said imperialist agents seek to reverse the recently announced measures for economic recovery that are intended to bring stability, tranquility and prosperity to the people of Venezuela.

The ANC condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms, he said, adding that these barbaric acts have no place in the democratic and peace-loving world.

The ANC urges the government of Venezuela to get to the bottom of these attacks and to do everything to arrest this scourge, Mabe said.

"We pledge solidarity with the government and people of Venezuela and urge them to continue defending and consolidating the gains of democracy and peace in their land," Mabe said.

South Africa has maintained good relations with Venezuela which has come under sanctions imposed by the United States.

Xinhua

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