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Mar 14, 2012 8:06 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

Chavez's party suspends Venezuelan state governor

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A state governor has been suspended from President Hugo Chavez's governing party after making critical remarks about the president of Venezuela's National Assembly.

Leaders of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela suspended Monagas state Gov. Jose Gregorio Briceno after he accused National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello of trying to seize control of the governor's office in his eastern state.

Briceno made the comments two days ago to anti-Chavez TV network Globovision.

Vice President Elias Jaua said Briceno had committed a "serious offense against the revolution" led by Chavez.

Jaua announced the decision to suspend Briceno on Wednesday.

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