Challenging Hugo Chávez: Can His Old Foe Capriles Unseat Him?

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President Hugo Chávez wasn't the only Venezuelan who rose from the political dead after the mayhem of April 2002 — when two days after being ousted in a civilian-military coup he was restored to power by throngs of his supporters. Henrique Capriles Radonski, then the 29-year-old mayor of a Caracas borough — and a political opponent of Chávez — also experienced demise and resurrection in that episode. After the coup, Chávez's socialist government accused Capriles of inciting an anti-Chávez riot outside the Cuban embassy during the putsch. Capriles insisted that he'd tried to prevent the unrest, but he was jailed for...

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