Venezuela opposition picks candidate to face Chavez

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Venezuelans voted on Sunday in an opposition primary expected to name a young state governor to challenge Hugo Chavez later this year at a close presidential election in South America’s biggest oil exporter.

With each of Venezuela’s 18 million registered voters able to take part, all eyes were on turnout as the clearest test yet of the opposition’s strength and chances of ending 13 years of Chavez’s socialist “revolution”.

The reaction of Sunday’s losers will show if the fledgling Democratic Unity coalition is ready to rally behind the winner and mount a dynamic campaign for the October 7 election that could chip away at the president’s still-dominant popularity.

Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles, 39, is the frontrunner with a lead of as many as 20 percentage points over another governor, Pablo Perez, and three other candidates.

“I aim to be a president who talks much less, who doesn’t invade Venezuelans’ personal lives so much,” Capriles said in a pointed reference to Chavez’s longwinded speeches, which local media are often obliged to run live.

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One Response to “Venezuela opposition picks candidate to face Chavez”

  1. chris on 13/13/12 at 7:34 pm

    One does not read much about the daunting prospects that the opposition has in order to win. They are fired up and enthusiastic in their hopes to regain some of their freedom.

    Along with Chavistas handing out goodies for votes, Venezuela’s internal security organs and election apparatus are managed out of Cuba. Crazy, you say? Look at past stories buried in the back pages on Friday nights and Saturday stories and you will find that Venezuela outsourced many security and election functions and communication is via a dedicated underseas cable from Fidel’s fiefdom to Venezuela. The police state will intimidate and track while manipulating results.

    One link of many…