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Grandson of Jewish man considers run to replace Chavez in Venezuela

By Mason White 1:23 PM March 10, 2013
Henrique Capriles Radonski 

By: David Ross
The grandson of a Jewish man who already received 45 percent of the vote in Venezuela against Chavez, is considering another run for the vacant seat after the opposition party voiced support for his candidacy, according to press reports in Venezuela.

The former presidential candidate with can run again for the highest office in Venezuela, the opposition said Saturday as the date for new elections was set.

The coordinator of the opposition coalition, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, immediately after the election date announcement, offered his party’s presidential candidacy to Henrique Capriles Radonski, who is currently the Miranda state governor who lost to Chavez in October. An aide said that governor Capriles will announce his decision shortly.

The electoral commission announced on Saturday that Venezuelans would vote next month to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez.
The Constitution states that elections must be held within 30 days of the death of the president, but the current timing falls outside that period.

The socialist government critics have complained that the authorities violated the constitution by swearing in Vice President Nicolas Maduro, as interim leader Friday night.

Some people have speculated that Venezuela will not be ready to organize the vote in time, but Tibisay Lucena said the national system of electronic voting was fully prepared.
Lucena announced the date on state television last week.

Capriles, who won 45 percent of the vote against Chavez last year in elections in Venezuela, is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He has said: “my mother’s four grandparents were murdered in Treblinka.” He also said: my grandmother, who was in the Warsaw Ghetto taught me not to hate anyone.”