Venezuelan tensions rise with hints of victory

AP News
Posted: Apr 14, 2013 9:29 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Tensions are rising in Venezuela as the campaign of acting President Nicolas Maduro strongly hints it has won Sunday's election to replace the late Hugo Chavez. The opposition, meanwhile, suggests fraud is in the works.

Maduro campaign leader Jorge Rodriguez says he can't reveal results before electoral authorities announce them. But he hints Chavez's chosen successor has won by smiling and calling on people to gather at the presidential palace. That's where Chavez's supporters once gathered to celebrate his past victories.

Leaders of opposition challenger Henrique Capriles' campaign immediately lashed out at Rodriguez's comments.

Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, a Capriles campaign coordinator, strongly suggests the government is trying to steal the election. He says, "They are misleading their people and are trying to mislead the people of this country."