Opponents jostle to take on Chavez
Thursday 09 February 2012
Opposition leaders will hold the nation's first primary election to choose the strongest challenger to the populist President, Hugo Chavez.
The front-runner in Sunday's election is Henrique Capriles, a 39-year-old state governor who has won a large following as a youthful alternative to the 57-year-old Mr Chavez.
Other contenders include Pablo Pérez, the popular state governor of Zulia, and Maria Corina Machado, a congresswoman who is an outspoken critic of Mr Chavez and his attempts to bring socialism to Venezuela.
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