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Apr 25, 2013

Venezuela’s parliament launches probe into Capriles

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government-controlled parliament set up an inquiry on Wednesday into violence over a disputed election that authorities blame on opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

Nine people died and dozens were injured after opposition protests against Nicolas Maduro’s narrow April 14 presidential poll win turned violent around the South American nation.

Apr 22, 2013

Central bank’s Merentes named new Venezuela finance minister

CARACAS, April 21 (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro
replaced Venezuelan Finance Minister Jorge Giordani on Sunday,
appointing central bank chief Nelson Merentes in his place two
days after being sworn in as the late Hugo Chavez’s successor.

It will be the third stint as finance minister for Merentes,
a mathematician by training who is seen as a more pragmatic
economist than his ideologically driven counterpart Giordani, a
Marxist academic who was nicknamed “the Monk.”

Apr 21, 2013

Opposition, election body differ on Venezuela vote audit

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition and electoral authority expressed on Saturday widely differing expectations for an audit of the contested April 14 presidential election, a day after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to succeed the late Hugo Chavez.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who says there were thousands of irregularities, wants a manual recount of all ballots cast in the vote, but has accepted the electoral body’s decision to carry out a more limited electronic audit.

Apr 19, 2013

Maduro sworn in, Venezuela to review disputed vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s president on Friday at a ceremony attended by leaders from Iran to Brazil 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 bus driver-turned-foreign minister who became the late Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor, narrowly beat opposition challenger Henrique Capriles in the election last Sunday.

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.

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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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