Venezuela’s Chavez Set To Officially Register For Re-Election Bid | Talking Points Memo

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela since 1999, is slated to file the necessary paperwork on Monday to seek re-election. Speculation has swirled about the 57-year-old president’s political future following his cancer diagnosis last year. Chavez will face off against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, the 39-year-old governor of the Venezuelan central state of Miranda. “We don’t wish ill to anyone,” Capriles said last month to CNN en Español. Though he added, “I think a government for too long is a bad thing”, criticizing the Chavez Administration for “trying to convince Venezuelans that the problems don’t exist, instead of solving them.”

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