Chavez successor leads opponent in Venezuela vote
CARACAS (AFP) - Mr Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded the late Hugo Chavez as Venezuela's interim president, has an 18-point lead over the opposition's Henrique Capriles ahead of mid-April elections, a polling firm said on Tuesday.
The private Venezuelan pollster Hinterlaces said 53 per cent of Venezuelans would vote for Mr Maduro - Mr Chavez's vice-president and hand-picked successor - while 35 per cent would vote for Mr Capriles.
That's an even bigger lead for Mr Maduro than in the last poll, published weeks before Mr Chavez lost his two-year battle with cancer.
In that survey, half of those questioned indicated they would vote for Mr Maduro, compared to 36 per cent for Mr Capriles.