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Venezuela sets presidential
election for April 14 to choose
successor for Hugo Chavez

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 3/9/2013 5:14:52 PM

Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelans will vote April 14 to choose a successor to Hugo Chavez, the elections commission announced Saturday as increasingly strident political rhetoric begins to roil this polarized country. The constitution mandated the election be held within 30 days of Chavez’s March 5 death, but the date picked falls outside that period. Critics of the socialist government already complained that officials violated the constitution by swearing in Vice President Nicolas Maduro as acting leader Friday night. Some people have speculated Venezuela will not be ready to organize the vote in time,

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Well, at least Hugo showed up for his funeral...

This election should be interesting. Chavez kept "alive" [or on ice] until his stooges could consolidate power to keep their vice on the country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: catfur27, 3/9/2013 5:28:38 PM     (No. 9217147)

,,so venezuela´s marxist thug dictator "bought the commune"...???...some countries get all the luck.

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