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Apr 15, 2013

Venezuela’s PDVSA to keep funding socialist programs under Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro’s win in Venezuela’s presidential election means state oil company PDVSA will continue funding the government’s socialist policies while increasingly relying on deals with China and Russia.

The late Hugo Chavez picked Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver, to continue his self-declared revolution in the OPEC country where he nationalized most of the oil industry during his polarizing 14-year rule.

Apr 15, 2013

Factbox: Key figures around new Venezuelan leader Maduro

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver who became Hugo Chavez’s political disciple, was declared the winner of Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday in a tight vote that was contested by the opposition.

The 50-year-old Maduro was also a union leader before joining Chavez’s government, eventually rising to become his foreign minister and then vice-president. Chavez named him as his preferred successor before dying from cancer last month.

Apr 15, 2013

Chavez ally Maduro narrowly wins Venezuela election

CARACAS (Reuters) – Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won Venezuela’s presidential election on Sunday, the electoral authority said, allowing him to continue the socialist policies of the late Hugo Chavez.

The National Electoral Council said Maduro won 50.7 percent of the votes, compared to 49.1 percent for his young rival, Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles. It said more than 99 percent of the votes had been counted and that the result was “irreversible.”

Apr 15, 2013

Venezuela’s opposition alleges plan to manipulate vote

CARACAS, April 14 (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader
Henrique Capriles charged on Sunday there was a plot to change
the result of the country’s presidential election, which will
decide if a longtime loyalist continues Hugo Chavez’s
self-styled socialist revolution.

The mood was triumphal by mid-evening at the headquarters of
acting President Nicolas Maduro, who led Capriles in most polls
heading into Sunday’s vote, buoyed by Chavez’s blessing before
he died from cancer last month.

Apr 14, 2013

Venezuelans vote on future of “Chavista” politics

CARACAS, April 14 (Reuters) – Venezuelans decide on Sunday
whether to honor Hugo Chavez’s dying wish for a longtime
loyalist to continue his hardline socialism or hand power to a
young challenger vowing business-friendly changes.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro had a double-digit lead in
most polls, largely thanks to his former boss’s public blessing
before he died from cancer last month. But the gap has narrowed
in the final days, with one survey putting it at 7 percentage
points.

Apr 14, 2013

Pro-Chavez Venezuelans mark coup anniversary on eve of election

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans decide on Sunday whether to honor Hugo Chavez’s dying wish for a longtime loyalist to continue his hardline socialism or hand power to a young challenger vowing business-friendly changes.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro had a double-digit lead in most polls, largely thanks to his former boss’s public blessing before he died from cancer last month. But the gap has narrowed in the final days, with one survey putting it at 7 percentage points.

Apr 11, 2013

Venezuela election to test Chavez’s socialist legacy

CARACAS, April 11 (Reuters) – The late Hugo Chavez’s
self-declared socialist revolution will be put to the test at a
presidential election on Sunday that pits his chosen successor
against a younger rival promising change in the nation he
polarized.

Most opinion polls give his protege, acting President
Nicolas Maduro, a strong lead thanks to Chavez’s endorsement and
the surge of grief and sympathy over his death from cancer last
month.

Apr 9, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro vows to battle corruption

CARACAS (Reuters) – Acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed on Monday to stamp out corruption following days of accusations by his election rival Henrique Capriles that ruling party officials were plundering Venezuela’s oil wealth.

Corruption has been a perennial problem in the country and was a primary campaign issue for the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez when he was first elected in 1998. His death from cancer last month triggered the April 14 election.

Apr 7, 2013

Maduro plays up his bus-driver roots for Venezuela campaign

CARACAS (Reuters) – Gripping the wheel and grinning at passengers, acting President Nicolas Maduro drives a bus to campaign rallies before an election he hopes will let him steer Venezuela to six more years of hardline socialism.

From banners all around him, the image of the man Maduro calls his “father,” the late Hugo Chavez, beams beatifically and salutes.

Apr 5, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro says campaign sabotage suspects arrested

CARACAS (Reuters) – Acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that Venezuelan authorities had arrested several people suspected of plotting to sabotage one of his campaign rallies before an April 14 election by cutting the power.

Both sides have accused the other of dirty tricks during a bitter run-up to the vote to choose the successor to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez. Opinion polls give Maduro a double-digit lead over his opposition rival, Henrique Capriles.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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