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MEXICO CITY, March 17 (RIA Novosti) – Venezuela’s Acting President Nicolas Maduro will launch social media accounts on Sunday to communicate actively with his supporters ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections where he is running as the main candidate from the ruling party, Maduro’s election adviser said.
“Now we are holding a meeting on the launch of a digital system [of communication] for Nicolas Maduro from Sunday,” Andres Izarra wrote late on Saturday in his Twitter microblog.
Before this, Maduro, who previously held the post of Venezuela’s vice-president and whom the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez handpicked as his successor shortly before his death, had no social media accounts. Chavez was an active user of his Twitter microblog, which he opened on April 27, 2010.
Henrique Capriles, Maduro’s chief contender in the presidential poll running from the country’s opposition, has over 2.2 million users of his Twitter microblog.
Chavez, who ruled Venezuela for 14 years, died on March 5 at the age of 58 after a two-year-long fight with cancer. Snap presidential elections in Venezuela have been scheduled for April 14.
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