Nicolas Maduro http://www.kunc.org en Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized http://www.kunc.org/post/post-chavez-venezuela-grows-more-not-less-polarized Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.<p>But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/177268673/tensions-up-in-venezuela-after-polls-close">was ruled the winner</a> by a razor-thin margin, the country appears <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177037417/venezuela-after-chavez">more polarized than ever</a>.<p>Since Sunday's results, there have already been protests, eight deaths and angry cl Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:46:00 +0000 43117 at http://www.kunc.org Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized U.S. Calls On Venezuela 'To Respect ... Free Speech' Of Its Citizens http://www.kunc.org/post/us-calls-venezuela-respect-free-speech-its-citizens The United States called on the Venezuelan government to be transparent in its effort to "audit the ballots" of the presidential election held this weekend.<p>If you missed it, the news that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/15/177296379/venezuela-recount-likely-after-chavez-heirs-close-win">Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro had won by a razor-thin margin</a> unleashed protests in the streets of Caracas.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/world/americas/post-election-tensions-rise-in-venezuela-amid-deadly-protests.html?_r=0"><em>The New York Times< Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:02:00 +0000 43042 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Calls On Venezuela 'To Respect ... Free Speech' Of Its Citizens Venezuela Says Recount Likely After Chavez Heir's Close Win http://www.kunc.org/post/venezuela-recount-likely-after-chavez-heirs-close-win A surprisingly <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/14/177268673/tensions-up-in-venezuela-after-polls-close" target="_blank">small victory margin for Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor</a> in Sunday's special presidential election looks likely to be followed by a recount in Venezuela.<p>Chavez, Venezuela's fiery, controversial and charismatic leader, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/06/173634420/thousands-line-the-streets-of-caracas-paying-respects-to-hugo-ch-vez" target="_blank">died on March 5</a>.<p>NPR's Juan Forero tells our Newscast Desk that Nicolas Maduro, who had b Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:25:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 42906 at http://www.kunc.org Venezuela Says Recount Likely After Chavez Heir's Close Win Even In Death, Chavez Dominates Venezuelan Election http://www.kunc.org/post/even-death-chavez-dominates-venezuelan-election In Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro — the president of a powerful government — should be at center stage. But as he runs in Sunday's snap presidential elections, it's his larger-than-life predecessor who is getting much of the attention.<p>The death of Hugo Chavez, who taunted the U.S. and empowered the poor, is triggering the special vote. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:33:00 +0000 42842 at http://www.kunc.org Even In Death, Chavez Dominates Venezuelan Election In Upcoming Venezuelan Vote, Hugo Chavez Looms Large http://www.kunc.org/post/upcoming-venezuelan-vote-hugo-chavez-looms-large The tall and imposing Nicolas Maduro stepped forward last week to be sworn in as Venezuela's interim leader following the death of President Hugo Chavez.<p>Before the country's packed congressional hall, he swore to complete Chavez's dream to transform the OPEC power into a socialist state, allied with Cuba and decidedly opposed to capitalism and U.S. interests in Latin America.<p>It's a dream Maduro says will not die, even with the death of El Comandante. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:58:00 +0000 41402 at http://www.kunc.org In Upcoming Venezuelan Vote, Hugo Chavez Looms Large