Chavez Cuts TV Debate After Row With Writer

Program suspended after challenge Vargas Llosa
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2009 7:40 AM CDT
Chavez supporters hold up a banner with images of both Bush presidents and Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa during a protest against the "Freedom and Democracy" forum in Caracas earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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(Newser) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cancelled an edition of his TV show after a confrontation with famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, reports the BBC. Chavez had challenged Vargas Llosa to hold a televised debate with pro-Chavez academics. In a volley of insults, Vargas Llosa responded that he would only debate Chavez directly. The Chavez program, Alo Presidente, is expected to resume today.
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