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Venezuela’s Socialist Party Officially Selects Maduro for Re-Election

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro waves as he arrives for a rally to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez’s regime in Caracas, Venezuela January 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Marco Bello

Caracas: Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party has formally selected President Nicolas Maduro to run for re-election in the upcoming presidential election, party vice president Diosdado Cabello said during a televised party gathering on Friday.

Maduro, 55, who narrowly won election in 2013 to replace Hugo Chavez, is the favourite to win the presidential vote, due before the end of April, as his leading opponents are barred from standing.

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