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Venezuela election likely on April 14: source

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Venezuela is likely to hold a presidential election on April 14, a national electoral council source told AFP on Saturday, one day after the funeral of Hugo Chavez and swearing in of an acting president.

Nicolas Maduro, the late leftist leader's handpicked successor, urged the council to "immediately" organize polls after he was sworn in Friday in a ceremony largely boycotted by the opposition, which branded it unconstitutional.

The electoral council was due to meet on Saturday to make a decision and the source said "the most likely date" would be April 14. Local media reported the same date and the daily El Universal said candidates may register from Sunday.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October presidential election, is likely to run against Maduro.

Chavez named Maduro as his political heir before leaving for Cuba for a new round of cancer surgery in December and he urged Venezuelans to vote for the 50-year-old former vice president if he never returned to power.

Chavez lost his two-year battle with cancer on Tuesday at age 58.

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