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CARACAS - Venezuela has launched an inquiry to determine if late President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was caused by “foreign enemies.”

Acting President Nicolas Maduro told teleSUR that Venezuelan officials were convinced that “Chavez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted to be rid of him.”

"He had an illness, a cancer that will be known in time, that broke with all the typical characteristics of this illness," said Maduro. “They wanted to get rid of him to strike Latin America and the Caribbean”.

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Nicolas Maduro. Photo Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

Maduro said in the 1940s and 1950s, Washington and other powers had "scientific laboratories testing how to cause cancer." "Seventy years have passed," he said, "these kinds of laboratories of evil and death have not advanced?"

He announced that he would create an international commission with the world's best scientists investigating the illness that caused Chavez’s death.

Bolivian President Evo Morales also said he believed Chavez could have been poisoned by the “empire” (the United States), who he believed had the "tools necessary to eliminate governments that are against capitalism." “When they can't defeat them, they decide to end the life of a leader,” Morales told Telesur.

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