1. Opposition

    Chávez Gets a Presidential Rival

    Venezuelan candidate of the opposition Democratic Unity coalition for the upcoming primary elections, Henrique Capriles Radonski, delivers a speech during press conference in Caracas on February 7, 2012.  AFP   PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Watch out, Hugo. Henrique Capriles Radonski, the governor of the state of Miranda, will oppose Venezuela’s entrenched socialist leader Hugo Chávez after winning the first-ever opposition primary. Capriles won easily, with an unexpectedly high turnout and the unified support of other opposition candidates. However, Chávez still polls well, and his extensive welfare policies are popular in Venezuela's poverty-stricken slums and rural areas. Capriles, the grandson of Polish fugitives from Nazi prosecution, says he admires Brazil’s “modern left” economic model, which mixes state spending and private enterprise.

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