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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.”

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.

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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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