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Venezuela opposition warns of succession split

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 - 01:07

Jan. 7 - Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Julio Borges claims there are rifts between President Hugo Chavez's chosen successor Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly leader Diodado Cabello. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, and National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello stand united at this campaign rally. But the country's opposition claims there's a rift between the two politicians. Opposition lawmaker Julio Bordes said the broadcast footage of the two men together was only a spectacle, fabricated to show unity that doesn't exist. If Chavez had to step down, or died, Cabello would take over the country as assembly president and a new election would be held within 30 days. Chavez's heir apparent, Maduro, would be the ruling Socialist Party candidate. The president, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in his pelvic area in mid-2011, has not been seen in public nor heard from in more than three weeks. Officials say the 58-year-old is in delicate condition and has suffered multiple complications since surgery in Cuba last month. His inauguration for another 6-year term as president has been delayed indefinitely.

Venezuela opposition warns of succession split

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 - 01:07

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