CARACAS, March 25 (Reuters) – Venezuela launched a new
foreign currency auction on Monday with a first offer of $200
million to businesses, widely expected to represent another
partial devaluation of the bolivar.
The South American OPEC member’s socialist government
devalued the fixed rate of the country’s currency, the bolivar,
from 4.3 to 6.3 against the dollar last month.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Hugo Chavez’s protege and the new flagbearer of socialism in Venezuela has lost no time proving his loyalty in public – in fact, 3,456 times in just 16 days.
That is the number of times acting President Nicolas Maduro has mentioned Chavez in speeches since his mentor’s death from cancer on March 5, according to a local tracker.
CIUDAD BOLIVAR, Venezuela (Reuters) – Fighting an uphill battle in Venezuela’s election, opposition leader Henrique Capriles scoffs at acting president and rival Nicolas Maduro as a non-entity riding on the memory of Hugo Chavez to hide his own incompetence.
In an interview on his campaign bus on Tuesday, Capriles also accused the late president’s chosen heir Maduro of trying to distract voters from real problems with wild claims including a U.S.-based plot to kill the opposition candidate.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Supporters of late president Hugo Chavez will punish opposition leader Henrique Capriles for his anti-government barbs at a vote next month likely to produce a bigger win for the socialists than last year, a campaign strategist for Capriles’ rival forecast.
The build-up to Venezuela’s April 14 vote for a successor to Chavez, who died of cancer two weeks ago, has been characterized by acrimonious personal attacks between Capriles and acting president and Chavez protege Nicolas Maduro.
CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of
Venezuelans were on the streets again on Friday at a funeral
parade for Hugo Chavez amid opposition protests that the
government was exploiting his death for election purposes.
Chavez’s remains were to be driven for about 12 miles (20
km) through the streets of Caracas from an army academy to a
military museum on a hillside where the former soldier launched
his political career with a failed coup in 1992.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president said on Wednesday that “far right” figures in the United States were plotting to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an increasingly volatile atmosphere ahead of an April 14 election.
Accusations are flying and emotions are running high in the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people since the death last week of former socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Remarks by acting President Nicolas Maduro that were widely perceived as a homophobic slur against opposition rival Henrique Capriles have further stirred Venezuela’s acrimonious election campaign.
Capriles, 40, was the target of racial and sexual innuendoes by the late leader Hugo Chavez’s supporters throughout last year’s presidential race: one cartoon shown on state media depicted him in pink shorts with a Nazi swastika on one arm.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into suspicions that the late President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.
The accusation has been derided by critics of the government, who view it as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy theory intended to feed fears of “imperialist” threats to Venezuela’s socialist system and distract people from daily problems.
CARACAS, March 11 (Reuters) – Presidential candidates
Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela’s
election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners
were still filing past the late Hugo Chavez’s corpse.
Maduro, who was sworn in as acting president after Chavez
succumbed to cancer last week, is seen as the favorite to win
the April 14 election, bolstered by an oil-financed state
apparatus and a wave of public sympathy over Chavez’s death.
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader vowed on Sunday to fight late Hugo Chavez’s preferred successor for the presidency next month and the pair quickly locked horns in an angry war of words.
Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old state governor, will face election favorite and acting President Nicolas Maduro. The pair must register their candidacies for the April 14 vote on Monday.