Venezuela called a snap election to succeed Hugo Chavez on April 14, setting the stage for a tough campaign between the late leader's political heir and the opposition in this divided oil-rich nation.
Handout photo released by the Venezuelan presidency shows a tearful supporter of late President Hugo Chavez during his funeral in Caracas on March 8, 2013. Venezuela called a snap election for April 14.
The national electoral council set the date one day after Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's handpicked successor, was sworn in as acting president in a ceremony largely boycotted by the opposition, which slammed it as unconstitutional.
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