AFP, By Joe Mouzo and Katherine Haddon, March 5
According to the country’s constitution, elections must be held within 30 days and the speaker of the National Assembly takes over power on an interim basis. Before his death, Chavez had urged Venezuelans to vote for Maduro if he was unable to return to office.
But Maduro, a former bus driver, is nowhere near as charismatic as Chavez.
Update: March 6
Reuters photo of the procession of Chavez’ coffin through Caracas.
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