Venezuela After Chavez For the first time in 14 years, Hugo Chavez is not on the ballot for a presidential election in Venezuela. The firebrand leftist died last month at 58 after a long fight with cancer.
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Venezuela After Chavez

For the first time in 14 years, Hugo Chavez is not on the ballot for a presidential election.

Supporters of acting President Nicolas Maduro celebrated Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela, after the initial vote count showed him enjoying a narrow victory. Luis Acosta /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, speaks during his closing campaign rally in Caracas on Thursday. The hand-picked successor of Hugo Chavez faces opposition candidate Henriques Capriles in snap presidential elections on April 14. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Presidential Candidates Wrap Up Campaigns In Venezuela

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Venezuelan author Romulo Gallegos (1884-1969), circa 1950. Edwin Karmiol/Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Colmenares lives in a concrete-block house on a mountainside overlooking the presidential palace in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Her story says much about the oil-rich and turbulent Latin American nation. Nishant Dahiya/NPR hide caption

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How Hugo Chavez's Policies Affected Ordinary Venezuelans

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Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, fist-bumps a worker of the state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., last month. Maduro faces opposition candidate Henrique Capriles in Sunday's presidential election. Whoever wins will have to tackle the legacy of Chavez's oil programs. Miraflores Presidential Press Office/AP hide caption

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Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Valencia, Venezuela, on Tuesday. The country's voters go to the polls this weekend to choose a successor to longtime leader Hugo Chavez, who died last month. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelan Candidates Campaign In Chavez's Long Shadow

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Hugo Chavez's Legacy Looms Over Venezuelan Election

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Hugo Chavez, shown here in February 2012, was the president of Venezuela for over a decade. His career is the subject of a new book by Rory Carrolll. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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