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Mar 15, 2013

Venezuelans flood streets for another Chavez coffin parade

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.

Mar 13, 2013

Venezuela says U.S. “far-right” wants to kill Capriles

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.

Mar 13, 2013

“Macho” Maduro’s perceived gay slur stirs Venezuela

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.

Mar 12, 2013

Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer “poisoning” accusation

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.

Mar 11, 2013

Capriles, Maduro at each other’s throats in Venezuela election

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.

Mar 11, 2013

Venezuela’s Capriles joins race, tussles with Chavez heir

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.

Mar 11, 2013

Venezuela opposition leader joins presidential race

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Sunday he will challenge the late Hugo Chavez’s preferred successor for the presidency of the South American OPEC nation next month, setting the stage for a bitter campaign.

Capriles, a 40-year-old state governor, will face election favorite and acting President Nicolas Maduro. The pair have until Monday to register their candidacies for the April 14 vote.

Mar 10, 2013

Venezuela election race starts, sources say Capriles to run

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles will challenge the late Hugo Chavez’s preferred successor for the presidency of the South American OPEC nation next month, sources said on Sunday.

Capriles will face acting president and election favorite Nicolas Maduro, and the pair have until Monday to register their candidacies for the April 14 vote.

Mar 8, 2013

Analysis: Deification of founder to help “Chavismo” survive

CARACAS (Reuters) – Within hours of Hugo Chavez’s death, makeshift altars were going up in homes and on street corners around Venezuela with candles, photos and offerings for the late president.

Weeping beside his coffin, supporters are likening him to independence hero Simon Bolivar and even Jesus Christ. Ministers quote his words and precepts in reverential tones.

Mar 8, 2013

Leaders from Cuba to Iran attending Chavez’s funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who loved him for putting the country’s vast oil wealth at their service, but giving hope to opponents who denounced him as a dictator.

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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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