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Friday, February 5, 1999 Published at 01:15 GMT

World: Americas

Venezuela's Chavez wants coup officers reinstated

The new president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has announced plans to reinstate military officers discharged for backing an abortive coup which he led in 1992.

President Chavez, who was sworn in on Tuesday, was speaking at a military parade which co-incided with the seventh anniversary of his coup attempt.

The president said the parade was meant to promote national unity, not glorify an armed rebellion.

But he warned that the social conditions which provoked the military uprising still existed in Venezuela.

Mr Chavez, a former lieutenant colonel, spent two years in jail before being pardoned.

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