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Venezuelan opposition leader to run for president

March 10, 2013 • World News


People enter the military academy to see the body of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez lying in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, March 10, 2013. Chavez died on March 5 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. He was 58. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles announced Sunday night that he will run in elections to replace Hugo Chavez, launching what many consider a doomed candidacy with a no-holds-barred attack against a government he said had coldly betrayed Venezuelans’ trust.

Capriles slammed the government in his announcement for using Chavez’s death to push the candidacy of Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn in as acting leader Friday. He also called top military brass an “embarrassment” for publicly supporting Maduro, although the constitution forbids the military from taking political sides.

“Don’t fool yourselves that you’re the good and we’re the bad,” the 40-year-old candidate said to the government. “No, you’re no better than us. I don’t play with death. I don’t play with pain.”

With a picture of Chavez behind him, Maduro appeared on TV after the speech to respond to what he said was “the losing, miserable candidate” who had dishonored the late president. He called Capriles a “fascist” trying to provoke Login to read more

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