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Chavez returns to Cuba for more cancer surgery
Mr. Chavez said that if new elections are held, his movement’s candidate should be Mr. Maduro.
“In that scenario, which under the constitution would require presidential elections to be held again, you all elect Nicolas Maduro as president,” Mr. Chavez said. “I ask that of you from my heart.”
“He’s one of the young leaders with the greatest ability to continue, if I’m unable to continue with his firm hand, with his gaze, with his heart of a man of the people,” Mr. Chavez said, also saying that Mr. Maduro’s leadership and “the international recognition he has earned” make him fit to become president.
Mr. Chavez held a small blue copy of the constitution in his hands and waved it.
The Venezuelan constitution says that if a president-elect dies before taking office, a new election should be held within 30 days and that in the meantime the president of the National Assembly is to be in charge of the government.
While he spoke, Mr. Chavez was flanked by Mr. Maduro and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello. He asked for lawmakers to grant permission for him to fly to Havana on Sunday. It was unclear what time he would leave.
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