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Sunday March 25, 2012

Controversial Venezuelan Governor Shot

Controversial Venezuelan Governor Shot

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The former governor of the southwestern Venezuelan state of Apure was shot at a fast food restaurant in Maracay, a city located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Caracas, Globovision reported.

Jesus Aguilarte, who resigned a year ago due to health problems, “was surprised by two subjects, who shot him four times, (hitting him) in the chin, eye, chest and abdomen,” Globovision said.

The gunmen rode into the restaurant on a motorcycle and opened fire on Aguilarte, who was eating with a 23-year-old woman.

The former governor and a 27-year-old man who was also wounded in the attack were taken to a hospital in Maracay, the capital of Aragua state, Globovision said.

Aguilarte, a native of Maracay, was the victim of an attack, the El AragueƱo de Maracay newspaper reported, confirming Globovision’s story.

“We have confirmed that Aguilarte is in stable condition after undergoing surgery and is receiving intensive therapy,” Aragua Gov. Rafael Isea said in a posting on Twitter.

“Reports about the supposed death of Aguilarte are false,” Information Minister Rafael Izarra said.

Investigators are trying to determine who was responsible for the attack, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Aguilarte resigned in February 2011, a month before President Hugo Chavez publicly criticized his performance as governor.

Aguilarte got married two months before resigning and had a lavish wedding reception while public employees in Apure were staging protests to demand that they be paid, Wilmer Fernandez, a member of Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV, said.