Venezuela’s election race begins

 

Venezuela’s charged election race began yesterday with crowds attending Mass at the coffin of deceased leader Hugo Chavez and vowing to back his preferred successor, Nicolas Maduro, over likely opposition contender Henrique Capriles.

The pair have until today to register their candidacies for the April 14th vote, which will determine whether Mr Chavez’s self-styled nationalist-socialist revolution will live on.

Former vice-president Mr Maduro (50) a one-time bus driver and union leader, called the election on Friday, the day of Mr Chavez’ funeral, and is regarded as favourite.

– (Reuters)

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