Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

'We are seeking a new deal', Pompeo advisor says on Iran

Read more

ENCORE!

Hugh Coltman serves up a New Orleans-inspired musical gumbo

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, Snow Patrol & Natalie Prass

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Are there other universes like ours?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US Congress rolls back some crisis-era bank regulation

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Philip Roth: Polarising, prolific, provocative

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Is Zuckerberg's 'apology tour' just a Facebook-sized middle finger to Europe?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burkina Faso anti-terror raid leaves several dead

Read more

THE DEBATE

From Foe to Friend? The makeover of Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr

Read more

Americas

Venezuela's socialist party confirms Maduro as official candidate

© HO/AFP/Venezuelan presidency | This handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidency shows President Nicolas Maduro at a rally at the Poliedro stadium in Caracas on February 2, 2018.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-02-03

Venezuela's ruling socialist party has officially tapped President Nicolas Maduro as its candidate for this year's election.

Socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello on Friday announced the unanimous decision. The government has said the election will be held by the end of April.

Maduro succeeded the late President Hugo Chavez, leading the oil-rich country into a deepening crisis marked by soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine.

The United States says it will reject the "snap" election. Several Latin America countries condemned holding a vote before Maduro's government and its political opposition complete negotiations aimed at resolving the crisis.

Venezuela's opposition coalition hasn't selected a candidate or decided if it will participate.

Maduro says that in his second term he'll wean Venezuela's economy off of oil production.

(AP)

Date created : 2018-02-03

  • THE YEAR AHEAD

    Strongmen and comeback kids: elections to look out for in 2018

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Venezuela's Maduro seeks second term in April election

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Venezuela's Maduro bans opposition parties from presidential vote

    Read more

COMMENT(S)