Monday, April 15, 2013

Former bus driver elected president of Venezuela

Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor was narrowly elected president of Venezuela today - a bus driver turned career-long underling to the dead former president.

Nicolas Maduro, 50, campaigned in a tight election on a promise to carry on Mr Chavez's self-styled socialist revolution and defeated two-time challenger Henrique Capriles by just 300,000 votes.

Today Mr Maduro called for peace and said he would be willing for the election result to be audited after officials said he took 50.8 per cent of votes, compared to 49.1 per cent for Mr Capriles

Mr Maduro, a longtime foreign minister to Mr Chavez, rode a wave of sympathy for the charismatic leader to victory.

He pinned his hopes on the immense loyalty for his boss among millions of poor beneficiaries of government largesse and the powerful state apparatus that Mr Chavez skillfully consolidated.

Source Daily mail

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