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Chavez faces stiff election challenge in Venezuela

This year will see what is expected to be the most hotly contested election in Venezuela since Hugo Chavez won the presidency in 1999

He will be facing off against 39-year-old Henrique Capriles Radonski, a centrist governor of Miranda state. Chavez is tipped to win the October election, as he remains popular among the country’s poor and will be able to mobilise state-run television, which dominates Venezuela’s airwaves, against Capriles. However, Chavez’s health has become a major issue in the campaign after he was forced to return to Cuba in February to have a malignant tumour removed from his pelvis. The surgery is expected to be followed by another round of radiation treatment that will almost certainly slow down the energetic Chavez just as the election season goes into full swing. Venezuelan’s will have to consider w

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