Click photo to download. Caption: Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
(JNS.org) Henrique Capriles (Radonski), the Venezuelan opposition leader who lost to Chavez in the country’s election last year will run again for president in the wake of Chavez’s death from cancer last week. The Catholic Capriles is the grandson of Jewish Treblinka concentration camp survivors. During his previous campaign against Chavez, he faced anti-Semitic taunts.
Capriles, who belongs to the conservative Primero Justicia (First Justice) party, will run against Chavez’s preferred successor, Nicolas Maduro. Election day will take place April 14. If he wins, Capriles wants to reduce Venezuela’s relations with governments he considers controversial like Iran and to improve his country’s relations with the U.S.
“This election is not going to be about Capriles versus Maduro, it’ll be Capriles against Chavez’s ghost,” said a Western diplomat in Caracas according to Reuters.