Maduro registers as candidate

Interim President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has registered as a candidate to participate in the early presidential elections.

He announced to his supporters that he decided to name his campaign headquarters Hugo Chavez and that its composition would include many colleagues of the former president including the Vice-President Jorge Arreas, chairman of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.Maduro promised if elected to stay on the course plotted by Chavez, to defend the poor, to build new homes and to fight crime.

Meanwhile Henrique Capriles also registered as a candidate and will represent the opposition.

Voice of Russia, TASS