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Venezuela’s Opposition Seeks to Unite Behind Capriles Candidacy

March 06, 2013

Venezuela’s opposition alliance will likely select Henrique Capriles Radonski as its presidential candidate to run in snap election following the death of Hugo Chavez, a party official said.

A final decision will only be taken following Chavez’s March 8 funeral, Ramon Jose Medina, the deputy head of the Democratic Unity Table, said following a day of meetings with other opposition members.

Capriles, who lost to Chavez by 11 percentage points last October, would face off against Chavez’s preferred successor, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, in elections scheduled to take place in 30 days.

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