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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.

Mar 18, 2013

Venezuela election rivals clash over crime

CARACAS (Reuters) – Moments after he registered to run in Venezuela’s April 14 election, acting President Nicolas Maduro vowed to go on foot, unarmed, into the toughest slums of Caracas and ask the gangs there to lay down their guns.

Both Maduro and his opponent, Henrique Capriles, have clashed over a top campaign issue: the daily murders, armed robberies and kidnappings that make the South American country one of the most dangerous in the world.

Mar 17, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses U.S. of “plot” to kill rival

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. President Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup ahead of an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame the murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 17, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro urges Obama to halt “plot” against rival

CARACAS, March 17 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president
urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by
the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his
opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.

Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent’s
murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans
with hate” as they prepare to go to vote following the death of
socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 15, 2013

Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil policy to focus on China, Russia

CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil
policy will increasingly focus on deals with China and Russia if
acting President Nicolas Maduro wins an April 14 election to
continue his late boss’s socialist programs.

During his 14 years in power, Hugo Chavez nationalized most
of the OPEC nation’s oil industry with the aim of putting its
crude reserves – the biggest in the world – at the service of
his power base, Venezuela’s poor majority.

Mar 14, 2013

Opposition leader wants to debate Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, March 14 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader
challenged acting President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday to “stop
lying” and have a debate, adding that he was sorry if he had
caused offense during the increasingly bitter run-up to an April
14 election.

The death last week of socialist leader Hugo Chavez set the
stage for the vote pitting Maduro, his preferred successor,
against Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old centrist state
governor.

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.

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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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