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Chavez loyalists mobilize on eve of election

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro paid tribute to Hugo Chavez on Saturday on the eve of a vote to elect the late leader's successor, ignoring opposition complaints that campaign rules were violated. Though the campaign officially ended late Thursday, Maduro has regularly appeared on state-run television, calling on voters to flock to the polls Sunday and vowing to carry on his mentor's socialist revolution.

Venezuela's stark divisions on show at presidential vote

A deeply divided Venezuela picks a new leader Sunday, with the rich calling for an end to the "Hugo Chavez nightmare," and the poor warning against the bourgeoisie returning to power. Being poor is not a prerequisite for supporting the late Chavez's anointed heir, acting President Nicolas Maduro, and you do not have to be rich to support his rival Henrique Capriles. But their presidential campaigns have laid bare the intensely sharp political divisions that marked Chavez's 14-year rule until his death from cancer last month.

Chavez loyalists mobilize on eve of Venezuela vote

Venezuela's government mobilized behind Hugo Chavez's image Saturday even as the opposition complained that campaign rules were being ignored on the eve of a vote to choose a successor to the late leader. Although the campaign officially ended late Thursday, acting President Nicolas Maduro has regularly appeared on state-run television, calling on voters to flock to the polls Sunday and vowing to carry on his mentor's socialist revolution.

Maduro trades barbs with U.S. over Venezuela election

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis 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 centres and wants a full audit of the ballots.

Maradona visits barracks where Chavez's body lies, seeks votes for Maduro

Caracas, Apr 13 (EFE).- Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona visited the army barracks in Caracas where the remains of Hugo Chavez lie and urged people to vote for ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro in Sunday's presidential election. Accompanied by Maduro, Maradona paid homage to the late president Friday and attended the 21-gun salute that is repeated there every day at 4:25 p.m., the time when the Venezuelan leader died on March 5.

Chavez loyalists mobilize on eve of Venezuela vote

Venezuela's government mobilized behind Hugo Chavez's image Saturday as the opposition complained that campaign rules were being ignored on the eve of a vote to choose a successor to the late leader. Although the campaign officially ended late Thursday, acting President Nicolas Maduro has regularly appeared on state-run television, calling on voters to flock to the polls Sunday and vowing to carry on his mentor's socialist revolution.

On arms, legs, and breasts, Chavez lives for eternity

The body of Hugo Chavez may not have been embalmed and put on display for eternity but on the arms, legs and breasts of devoted Venezuelans, "el Comandante" will live on forever. As Venezuela prepares to elect Chavez's successor on Sunday, the booming personality cult surrounding the late former president is best reflected in the roaring trade of the country's tattoo parlors. Tattoo artists throughout Caracas are reporting a surge in requests for Chavez-related body-art, ranging from copies of the former president's signature to more detailed portraits of his face.

Maduro: Chavez 'son' vowing to defend revolution

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro rose from bus driver to union activist and foreign minister, and now the man who calls himself Hugo Chavez's "son" hopes to succeed his mentor in Sunday's election. Named by Chavez as his political heir, Maduro ran a campaign that wrapped itself in Chavez's image, turning the late leftist leader into a religious-like figure with tributes calling him "Christ the redeemer of the poor."

Football: Maradona visits Chavez tomb

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona visited the tomb of his friend Hugo Chavez on Friday and urged Venezuelans to elect the late leftist leader's designated successor in this weekend's presidential election. Wearing a white shirt and donning diamonds in each ear, Maradona called on Venezuelans to vote for acting President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday to continue the socialist leader's legacy. "Continue the struggle," Maradona said on state-run television after visiting the marble tomb in an old military barracks perched in a hillside Caracas neighborhood.

Nicolas Maduro says he does not know why Chavez picked him as successor

Venezuelan caretaker president Nicolas Maduro, the ruling-party presidential candidate in Sunday's election, said he does not know why the late president Hugo Chavez picked him as his successor, APA reports quoting local media.In an interview with a Venezuelan TV channel Thursday, Maduro said Chavez did not give him the reasons before his death of cancer complications on March 5, and he didn't dare to ask."I really don't know. I never asked him, he did not give me the chance.
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