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Venezuela election date set

Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 as acting President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chavez, tries to win his own term in office.

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Ahmadinejad praises 'dear friend' Hugo Chavez ahead of funeral

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arriving in Caracas for the funeral of Hugo Chavez Credit: RTV

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Caracas for funeral of ally and 'close friend' President Hugo Chavez.

Speaking to reporters President Ahmadinejad said;

"He was a dear friend to all the countries of the world. To us, President's Chavez loss is very painful because we've lost a friend, a close friend and a revolutionary and just leader. To me, he had a big personality and a very close friend and brother. I feel like I lost myself."

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez pictured together during a previous trip to Caracas Credit: RTV

"He was a great man with very big, humane dreams. I express my solidarity with the people of Venezuela, with all of the people of Latin America and with all the countries of the world. And we promise to realize and materialize his ideas which were so valuable.

"I am certain God will help us and the spirit of President Chavez will be watching us and will help us from the heavens."

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