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Venezuela announces election date

  • An election to replace late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez will be held on April 14, the country's electoral commission announced on Saturday.

    The announcement comes a day after Chavez's favored successor, Nicolas Maduro, was appointed acting president.

    Hugo Chavez died on March 5 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Maduro will run as the ruling party candidate with Henrique Capriles likely to stand for the opposition.

    Capriles lost to Chavez in last October's election.