Chavez and Capriles launch campaigns
Venezuelan presidential rivals Hugo Chavez and Henrique Capriles have formally started campaigning for October’s election.
Mr Chavez, seeking a third term at the age of 57 but physically weakened after a battle with cancer, met supporters in the central state of Carabobo.
Mr Capriles, 39, was visiting border regions to underline his message that remote communities have been neglected.
Opinion polls suggest that Mr Chavez has a double-digit lead.
Under his left-wing rule, the oil-rich country has followed an economic and foreign policy which put it at loggerheads with Washington.
Oil revenues have allowed him to fund programmes for the poor, but critics accuse him of populism and authoritarianism.
Capriles was born in Caracas on 11 July 1972. His father, Henrique Capriles García, was a Catholic of Sephardi Jewish ancestry from Curaçao; his greatgrandfather, Elías Capriles, was born in Curaçao in 1850
Capriles García was a successful businessman, and in the 1950s helped launch Kraft Foods’ entry into Venezuela by inviting the vice-president of its Nabisco subsidiary and persuading him to do business there. Capriles’ mother was born in Venezuela to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland who had left Europe during World War II; his grandmother’s mother and father died in the Treblinka extermination camp.
In 2012 Capriles explained that his father, Henrique Capriles García, was Catholic – Capriles García had inherited the faith from his mother, Laura – while his mother was Jewish. Capriles’ parents agreed to educate their children in the Catholic faith until they were old enough to decide for themselves. Capriles said his faith had developed over the years, but that his time in prison in 2004 had “brought him much closer to God”
The WSJ said that Capriles “was vilified in a campaign in Venezuela’s state-run media, which insinuated he was, among other things, a homosexual and a Zionist agent”. A 13 February 2012 opinion article in the state-owned Radio Nacional de Venezuela, titled “The Enemy is Zionism” attacked Capriles’ Jewish ancestry and linked him with Jewish national groups because of a meeting he had held with local Jewish leaders, saying, “This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents … Zionism, along with capitalism, are responsible for 90% of world poverty and imperialist wars.” Capriles is the grandson of Jewish Holocaust survivors and a self-professed devout Catholic.
a jew in line to make a run at hugo..what a surprise?
i doubt chavez can be beaten but they certainly have the right guy in place to challenge..check his family history out..