Venezuela to hold first post-Chavez election on April 14

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Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, officials said on Saturday, as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and win his own term in office. 

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Dramatic exit: Heads of state gather for Hugo Chavez’s funeral

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Well-known fans of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — from Cuban President Raul Castro and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to movie star Sean Penn and the Rev. Jesse Jackson — gathered in Caracas Friday to bid farewell to the ex-paratrooper and socialist revolutionary who dominated the nation for 14 years.

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Venezuelans pour into streets to mourn late leader Hugo Chavez

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In somber procession, guards carried Chavez’s casket to Caracas’ Military Academy.

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Venezuela erupts in emotion as interim president takes over

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Hundreds of Venezuelans, poured into the streets of the country’s capital, Caracas, to mourn President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday.

Chavez, 58, the socialist leader who ran Venezuela for 14 years, lost his two-year battle with cancer, which was first detected in his pelvic region in 2011.

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Venezuela’s Chavez says cancer has returned, he’s facing new operation in Cuba

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CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation after doctors in Cuba found a third recurrence of malignant cells in his pelvic area.

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Venezuela’s Chavez wins re-election, officials say

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Updated at 11:06 p.m. ET: CARACAS - With 90 percent of the votes in, President Hugo Chavez was declared the winner in the Venezuela presidential election Sunday night. Chavez received 54 percent of the vote to serve an unprecedented third term after he changed the country’s constitution, NBC News reported.

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