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  • Venezuelan presidential candidate Henri Falcon would pick Henrique Capriles as interior minister if elected.

    Venezuelan presidential candidate Henri Falcon would pick Henrique Capriles as interior minister if elected. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 May 2018

Henrique Capriles is a mainstay of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition, and the wealthy former governor of Miranda state.

Venezuela's presidential candidate Henri Falcon said in an interview with Panorama that his interior minister pick would be Henrique Capriles, who was President Nicolas Maduro's rival in the 2013 presidential elections.

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Capriles is a mainstay of the Venezuelan right-wing opposition, and the wealthy former governor of Miranda state. He was one of the founders of the Justice First party, along with Julio Borges and Leopoldo Lopez.

"My interior minister would be Henrique Capriles, but of course it would be up to him," Falcon said.

In an earlier interview with Noticia al Dia, Falcon said he would like Capriles to play a role in his government, but did not specify which role he had in mind.

"I would like, for example, that Henrique Capriles work with me in the cabinet... whether he supports us or not, it doesn't matter; he should be part of the cabinet of the new president," Falcon said Monday.

Falcon had previously acted as Capriles' campaign head during the 2013 presidential campaign.

He also named Francisco Rodriguez as a potential for economy minister, but has so far declined to name a vice-president.

Falcon is currently polling second for Venezuela's presidential elections, which are fast approaching: May 20.

Although some more radical members of the right-wing have refused to participate in the elections, Falcon decided to do so despite criticism leveled against him.

The elections will be overseen by a diverse group of international observers, some of whom arrived Wednesday.


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