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Venezuela airs re-runs of Chavez's 'Alo Presidente'

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Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez is back on the air just like the old days on Sundays, in reruns, as the country prepares for a quick election to replace the firebrand leftist leader.

The first episode of Chavez's weekly television show "Alo Presidente" ("Hello Mr. President") to be re-broadcast was an episode from 2000 in which the man who led Latin America's left for over a decade appears with Cuba's then-leader Fidel Castro, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said.

In the show, which will now be edited down to three hours and called "Alo Comandante," Chavez inaugurated projects, announced policies, scolded his ministers and attacked the opposition, all while telling old stories, joking and singing.

The final episode aired on January 29, 2012, but episodes had been sporadic since April 2011, shortly before the president's cancer was detected.

Officials say Chavez died on March 5, after losing a two-year battle with the disease that saw him travel to Cuba for chemotherapy and other treatment.

Venezuelans will vote for a new president on April 14.

Interim President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's handpicked successor, is campaigning against opposition leader Henrique Capriles, whom Chavez beat in October elections.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130317/venezuela-airs-re-runs-chavezs-alo-presidente