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Apr 19, 2013

Maduro to be sworn in as Venezuela reviews disputed vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in as Venezuela’s president on Friday at a ceremony attended by several Latin American leaders, after a decision to widen an electronic audit of the vote took some of the heat out of a dispute over his election.

Maduro, a former bus driver-turned-foreign minister who became the late Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor, narrowly beat opposition challenger Henrique Capriles in Sunday’s vote.

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

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, April 17 (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 17, 2013

Capriles distances himself from violent protests in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles distanced himself from post-election street violence after seven fatalities threatened to turn the South American OPEC nation’s vote dispute into a full-blown crisis.

Capriles had planned to lead a march on the National Electoral Council (CNE) on Wednesday to demand a recount after official results gave a narrow win to Nicolas Maduro, the chosen successor of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Apr 16, 2013

Venezuelan rivals rally supporters after clashes over election results

CARACAS, April 16 (Reuters) – Both sides in Venezuela’s
political stand-off will hold rival demonstrations on Tuesday
after authorities rejected opposition demands for a presidential
election recount and protesters clashed with police in Caracas.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles says his team’s figures
show he won the election on Sunday and he wants a full audit of
official results that narrowly gave victory to ruling party
candidate Nicolas Maduro, the country’s acting president.

Apr 15, 2013

Maduro’s contested win creates 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 of cancer, edged out opposition
challenger Henrique Capriles with 50.7 percent of the votes in
Sunday’s election, according to election board returns.

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.”

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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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