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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.

Apr 14, 2013

To supporters, “Saint Chavez” watches over Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Fresh flowers were placed and new candles burning on Sunday at the “Saint Hugo Chavez” shrine in Caracas where devotees of the late socialist leader prayed for his last wishes to be fulfilled in the presidential vote.

Before succumbing to cancer last month, Chavez urged his millions of followers to vote for then-Vice President Nicolas Maduro as the flag bearer of socialism should he die.

Apr 11, 2013

Factbox – Maduro and Capriles vie for Venezuelan presidency

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

Following is information about the two candidates and their policies:

NICOLAS MADURO

* A labour union leader who used to drive a bus for the Caracas public transport system, the burly and moustachioed Maduro, 50, is a staunch Chavez loyalist chosen by him as his preferred successor.

Apr 10, 2013

Venezuela’s opposition denies it would scrap Chavez welfare aid

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles denied on Wednesday accusations from acting President Nicolas Maduro that he would scrap popular welfare policies if he wins Sunday’s election.

Social “missions” in poor areas, from subsidized groceries to Cuban-staffed medical clinics, were a mainstay of the late Hugo Chavez’s 14-year socialist rule and kept his popularity high.

Apr 10, 2013

Capriles needs late surge to win Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – After beating Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles in last year’s presidential election, Hugo Chavez telephoned him and courteously quipped: “You made me get out and work hard!”

Now in his second campaign for the OPEC nation’s top job, the tireless Capriles has again pushed himself to the limit to ensure his new rival and election favorite, Chavez’s protege Nicolas Maduro, does not have an easy path to victory.

Apr 10, 2013

Analysis: Capriles needs late surge to win Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – After beating Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles in last year’s presidential election, Hugo Chavez telephoned him and courteously quipped: “You made me get out and work hard!”

Now in his second campaign for the OPEC nation’s top job, the tireless Capriles has again pushed himself to the limit to ensure his new rival and election favorite, Chavez’s protege Nicolas Maduro, does not have an easy path to victory.

Apr 7, 2013

Chavez protégé invokes Venezuelan curse on opposition voters

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday a centuries-old curse would fall on the heads of those who do not vote for him in next week’s election to pick a successor to late leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro’s invocation of the “curse of Macarapana” was the latest twist in an increasingly surreal fight between him and opposition leader Henrique Capriles for control of the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people.

Apr 7, 2013

Chavez protege invokes curse on those who vote against him

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday a centuries-old curse would fall on the heads of those who do not vote for him in next week’s election to pick a successor to late leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro’s invocation of the “curse of Macarapana” was the latest twist in an increasingly surreal fight between him and opposition leader Henrique Capriles for control of the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people.

Apr 5, 2013

Venezuela’s Polar issues sharp response to Maduro threat

CARACAS, April 5 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s leading beer and
food company, Empresas Polar, responded sharply on Friday to
renewed government criticism, saying the state currency board
owed it $141 million and was delaying the release of dollars for
up to 200 days.

Polar’s unusually strong statement came after a threat
against it from acting President Nicolas Maduro that may have
foreshadowed more clashes between the private sector and the
socialist government if, as expected, he wins an April 14 vote.

Apr 5, 2013

Venezuela raids local representative of Oppenheimer brokerage

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Friday it raided an office containing the local representation of U.S.-based brokerage Oppenheimer & Co. on suspicion of illegal foreign currency trading.

A statement from the public prosecutor’s office said intelligence agents raided the premises of local broker Brisbane, Mendes de Leon, Pettus y Asociados, as well as the private house of its director on Thursday.

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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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