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Apr 21, 2013

Analysis: Rough start to post-Chavez era augurs badly for Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – About the only tranquil place in Caracas over the last few days is a hilltop military museum housing the remains of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Visitors tip-toe around his marble sarcophagus, reprimanded by guards if their voices rise above whispers.

Apr 18, 2013

Maduro trades barbs with U.S. over Venezuela election

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leaders feared persecution over post-election protests while the U.S. government backed their calls for a recount and said on Wednesday it was still deciding if it would recognize President-elect Nicolas Maduro.

The narrow victory by Maduro in Sunday’s presidential vote has been rejected by his rival, Henrique Capriles, who is alleging thousands of irregularities at polling centers and wants a full audit of the ballots.

Apr 17, 2013

Pots or fireworks? The symbols of Venezuela’s political divide

CARACAS, April 17 (Reuters) – Split down the middle in a
highly charged election, Venezuelans are squaring off en masse
every night at 8 p.m. on the dot in a cacophony of noise from
rival factions.

Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles bang pots
and pans in a traditional form of protest used in some Latin
American nations in times of political crisis.

Apr 17, 2013

Venezuela opposition fears crackdown, U.S. wavers on Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leaders said on Wednesday they feared persecution over post-election protests and the U.S. government backed their call for a recount, saying it had not decided if it would recognize President-elect Nicolas Maduro.

The razor-thin victory by Maduro in Sunday’s presidential vote has been rejected by his rival, Henrique Capriles, who is alleging thousands of irregularities at polling centers and wants a full audit of the ballots.

Apr 17, 2013

Venezuela opposition fears crackdown, Maduro vows protection

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leaders said on Wednesday they feared persecution over post-election protests, but President-elect Nicolas Maduro promised to protect his rival despite their vicious election dispute.

Maduro’s razor-thin victory in a presidential vote has not been recognized by Henrique Capriles, who is demanding a recount and alleging thousands of irregularities at poll stations.

Apr 16, 2013

Venezuela accuses opposition of plotting coup, 7 dead

CARACAS, April 16 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President-elect
Nicolas Maduro accused the opposition on Tuesday of planning a
coup against him after seven government supporters were killed
in violent clashes over his disputed election victory.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has demanded a full
recount of votes from Sunday’s election after official results
showed a narrow victory for Maduro, who is late socialist
President Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor.

Apr 16, 2013

Venezuelan rivals rally supporters, four people reported dead

CARACAS, April 16 (Reuters) – Violent clashes over
Venezuela’s disputed presidential election have killed four
people, the state news agency said on Tuesday, as both sides in
the stand-off planned rival demonstrations.

The deaths occurred when hundreds of protesters took to the
streets in various parts of the capital, Caracas, and in other
cities on Monday, blocking streets, burning tires and clashing
with security forces, in some cases.

Apr 15, 2013

Tight win for Chavez’s heir spells uncertainty for Venezuela

CARACAS, April 15 (Reuters) – Late socialist leader Hugo
Chavez’s chosen successor Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela’s
presidential election by a whisker but now faces opposition
protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the
OPEC nation.

The 50-year-old former bus driver, whom Chavez named as his
preferred heir before dying from cancer, edged out opposition
challenger Henrique Capriles by winning 50.7 percent of the
votes in the election on Sunday. Capriles won 49.1 percent
support, a difference of just 235,000 ballots.

Apr 15, 2013

Chavez’s ally Maduro wins in Venezuela, opposition protests

CARACAS, April 14 (Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro, a former bus
driver who became late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s protege,
narrowly won Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday but his
rival refused to accept the result and demanded a recount.

The controversy raised fears of political unrest in
Venezuela, an OPEC nation of 29 million people with the world’s
biggest oil reserves, although there was no immediate trouble.

Apr 14, 2013

Factbox: Venezuelan election candidates Maduro and Capriles

By Andrew Cawthorne

(Reuters) – Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles square off in Sunday’s election to determine who will succeed socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer last month.

Following is information about the candidates and their policies:

NICOLAS MADURO

* A former labor union leader who used to drive a bus for the Caracas public transport system, the burly and mustachioed Maduro is a staunch Chavez loyalist chosen by him as his preferred successor.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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