To the cheers of thousands of supporters, acting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro officially registered his candidacy today for the upcoming elections.
The 50-year-old arrived to the National Electoral Council driving his own bus to register his candidacy.
"I am going to accomplish his orders (referring to Chavez) with the biggest love that he cultivated in our hearts. I am not Chavez, but I am his son and together with the people, we are Chavez," Maduro said after registering his candidacy.
Both Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela's election race with scathing personal attacks on one another.
Maduro, who was sworn in as acting president after Chavez succumbed to cancer last week, is seen as the favourite to win the April 14 election, bolstered by an oil-financed state apparatus and a wave of public sympathy over Chavez's death.
The United States expects Egypt's military authorities to fully transfer power to a democratically elected civilian government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today. Clinton told reporters:
"There can be no going back on the democratic transition called for by the Egyptian people," declining specific comment on an Egyptian court ruling to dissolve the country's newly-elected Islamist-led parliament.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party will work for the whole of the country not just 'the wealthy few,' in an attack on the Conservative's at the launch of his local government strategy ahead of the local elections on 3rd May.
Ed Miliband has begun to outline his local government strategy in Birmingham. The Labour leader said ; "Labour is changing so that we can change the country. On living standards, on jobs, on the NHS and on crime." On living standards he said;
Every pensioner over the age of 75 won't have to shop around for energy - we will force the energy companies to give you the lowest tariff.
We would cap rail fares on all routes.
We wouldn't be cutting the 50p tax rate for millionaires we'd actually be spending the money to make sure those pensioners tax allowances were put back in place.
Ed Miliband is expected to announce a Labour pledge to make tackling vandalism and anti-social behaviour a priority. He will also highlight efforts by Labour councils to set up work programmes and promise to protect 6,000 nurses from Government cuts.