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Anti-Chavez mayor faces corruption charges

December 2, 2008
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CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuelan prosecutors say they have summoned a leading opponent of President Hugo Chavez for arraignment on corruption allegations.

The Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that Manuel Rosales must appear in court next week, when a judge is expected to decide whether to file criminal charges of misusing public funds.

The opposition leader denies any wrongdoing, saying the accusations against him are politically motivated.

Rosales was elected mayor of Maracaibo, Venezuela's second-largest city, in last month's gubernatorial and municipal elections. He finished second to Chavez in the 2006 presidential election.

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