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Latino Daily News

Monday February 13, 2012

Gov. Henrique Capriles to Face Hugo Chavez in Venezuelan Presidential Bid

Gov. Henrique Capriles to Face Hugo Chavez in Venezuelan Presidential Bid

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Miranda Gov. Henrique Capriles won the opposition primary held over the weekend and will face President Hugo Chavez in the Oct. 7 presidential election.

“I am not a messiah, nor do I claim to be, I am a public servant with a total commitment to our country and a commitment to everyone,” Capriles told the private Venevision network on Monday.

Capriles won Sunday’s primary election, garnering 1.8 million of the 2.9 million votes cast.

The governor will now take on Chavez, who was elected for the first time in December 1998 and has been in office since 1999.

“No one should be mistaken, we’re not coming here to govern for one sector, I don’t want to be the president of a group, of parties, I want to be the president of all Venezuelans and I am going to work very hard to win the confidence of all Venezuelans, so no one is left behind,” the 39-year-old Capriles said.

The radical sectors of both the opposition and Chavez’s political movement are “condemned to disappear,” Capriles said.

The Chavez administration has “identified” Venezuela’s social problems, but what it has done “is not sufficient,” the governor said.

Capriles said he would keep the social programs created by the Chavez administration and expand them “so that no one is excluded for being of a different political stripe than the government.”

The opposition leader said he saw himself as a “progressive” and called on others to not label him in terms of the right or the left.