Source: Venezuelan opposition leader to run

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Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 10 at 5:34 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A close adviser to Henrique Capriles says the opposition leader is set to announce he will run in elections to replace Hugo Chavez.

The adviser told The Associated Press on Sunday that Capriles "will accept" the nomination as candidate in the election expected to be a make-or-break encounter against the dead president's hand-picked successor.

The adviser spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the decision publically ahead of a formal announcement later Sunday.

Venezuela's election commission has set April 14 as the date of the vote, with formal campaigning to start just 12 days earlier.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro has already announced his intention to run as the candidate of Chavez's socialist party. On Sunday he picked up the support of Venezuela's small communist party as well.

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