Election race gets under way at Chavez Mass
The charged Venezuelan election race kicked off yesterday, with throngs attending a Mass beside the coffin of Hugo Chavez. The crowd vowed to back Mr Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, over the likely opposition contender, Henrique Capriles.
The pair have until today to register their candidacies for the vote on April 14, which will determine whether Mr Chavez's self-styled nationalist-socialist revolution will live on.
Former vice-president Mr Maduro, 50, a one-time union leader, turned politician, who echoes Mr Chavez's anti-imperialist rhetoric, is thought likely to win the election comfortably.
Maduro was sworn in as the country's acting leader Friday night, and has made clear he will be the ruling party candidate.