Rivals trade barbs, Capriles nominated in Venezuela
AFPCARACAS--Venezuela has entered a bitter election race to succeed Hugo Chavez, with his chosen successor branding his challenger a “fascist” after the opposition candidate accused him of exploiting the late leader's death.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
Henrique Capriles accepted Sunday the nomination of the main opposition coalition for the April 14 election, immediately launching a broadside against acting President Nicolas Maduro by accusing him of being “sick with power.”
“Nicolas, I won't leave you an open path, mate. You are going to have to defeat me with votes,” said Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October presidential election by 11 points and faces an uphill battle against Maduro.
Maduro says the government will embalm Chavez's body to be viewed “like Lenin” in a glass casket “for eternity.”
“Now on top of it all, you are using the body of the president to stage a political campaign,” said Capriles, the energetic 40-year-old Miranda state governor.
Maduro went on state-run television minutes after his rival's press conference, accusing his rival of trying to foment violence with “disgusting” accusations.
“His mask has fallen and we can see his nauseating fascist face,” he said.