On Sunday, Capriles told a news conference that he willchallenge late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor NicolasMaduro, in the upcoming vote. “I am going to fight,”Capriles, the 40-year-old governor of Miranda state, said.”Nicolas, I am not going to give you a free pass. You will haveto beat me with votes.”On Friday, hours after the state funeral of Hugo Chavez, VicePresident Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as acting president ofVenezuela. Given the high support Chavez enjoyed, many are viewingMaduro as the race’s favorite.The new vote will be a litmus test on the appetite for more ofChavez’s Bolivarian revolution and Venezuelan model of socialism.In the October elections, Capriles lost to Chavez winning 44 percent of the vote – the highest showing by the opposition againstChavez.Speaking to reporters Capriles accused Maduro of using “the bodyof the president for political campaigning.” Maduro earlierannounced that the body of the late leader will be embalmed justlike Lenin and laid in state in the ‘Mountain Barracks’ where hedevised a failed coup.
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