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Brazil congratulates Maduro

Tuesday, April 16, 2013    

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil yesterday congratulated Venezuela's acting leader Nicolas Maduro on his narrow win in weekend presidential elections to elect a successor to Hugo Chavez.

"I congratulate President Maduro on his victory, and we reaffirm our willingness to continue working very closely with the Venezuelan government," Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told reporters.

Maduro, Chavez's hand-picked political heir, on Sunday won 50.7 per cent of the vote, to 49.1 per cent for opposition leader Henrique Capriles, according to Venezuelan electoral authorities.

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