Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro addresses the crowd of supporters lining up to pay their last respects to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, outside the Military Academy in Caracas on March 7, 2013. Countless Venezuelans filed past the remains of president Hugo Chavez on Thursday, crying, making the sign of the cross and giving military salutes as an era ended and elections loomed in the oil-rich nation. AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZ (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's electoral council has set a presidential election for April 14 to choose the successor to President Hugo Chavez.
Acting President Nicolas Maduro will run as the ruling party candidate.
The coordinator of the opposition coalition says Henrique Capriles is being offered that bloc's candidacy. Capriles lost to Chavez in an October election.
Chavez later anointed Maduro as his chosen successor before undergoing surgery in December for the cancer that led to his death Tuesday.
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