Breaking: Chavez Thugs Block Opposition Candidate Capriles From Registering in Presidential Race

Chavistas rallied outside the national election board today.
capriles election rally
Supporters of Venezuela’s acting President Nicolas Maduro attend a rally outside the national election board, after Maduro registered as a candidate for president in the April 14 election, in Caracas, March 11, 2013. Presidential candidates Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela’s election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners still file past the late Hugo Chavez’s corpse. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo)

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles tried to register to run for president today but was blocked from entering the election board by Chavez-Maduro supporters.

Capriles will now be forced to ask a court to allow him to run in this month’s race. Venezuela set its first post-Chavez election for April 14.

The Washington Post
has more.

Thousands of cheering, crying admirers accompanied President Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor Monday as he registered to be a candidate to replace the dead leader, while forcing the main opposition candidate to delay his entry into the race.

The massive crowd thronged acting President Nicolas Maduro and blocked opposition candidate Henrique Capriles from registering for the April 14 vote by the 2 p.m. deadline.

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