Hugo Chavez
  • Supporters hold a toddler wearing a Maduro-style mustache at the closing campaign rally for Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday April 11, 2013.

    Just a month after the longtime president died from cancer, the first election will test his grip on the political culture.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 13, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT
  • Supporters ride a motorcycle to the closing campaign rally for ruling party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013.

    Extensive campaign arm assembled over 14 years of the former president's rule could be vital to his hand-picked sucessor's election hopes.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 12, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT
  • Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Maracay, Venezuela, Thursday, April 4, 2013.

    Opposition candidate promises to reduce foreign aid in order to bolster the homefront, and distance the country from human rights violators.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 06, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT
  • In this March 21, 2013 photo, released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro fist bumps a worker of the state-run oil company PDVSA during a visit to the Orinoco oil belt in Venezuela.

    Chavez transformed state industries into political arms of the government, which his hand-picked successor is taking advantage with a vote approaching.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 26, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT