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Venezuela's Chavez bashes Bush

world Updated: Aug 23, 2008 08:40 IST
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has taken his latest swipe at U.S. President George W. Bush, saying he hopes his successor in the White House isn't a "madman" or a "drunk."

Chavez has insulted Bush calling him everything from "the devil" to a "donkey."

In a televised speech on Friday, Chavez ridiculed photos of Bush at the Olympics that have circulated on the Internet. The Venezuelan leader said Bush looked drunk and quipped to his listeners: "Gold medal for alcoholism."

Chavez said he hopes "a serious man" is elected president in the U.S., "who isn't a drunk, who respects the world, who isn't a madman."

The U.S. Embassy said it had no immediate comment on Chavez's remarks.