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Venezuela's Chavez Predicts 'Year of Tests'

By: AP
By: AP

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he expects a "year of tests" as he runs for re-election.

Chavez has been in office for 13 years and is seeking another
six-year term in the October vote.

In his annual message to the National Assembly Friday, Chavez
told opposition lawmakers that if he loses, he "would be the first
in recognizing it."

Opponents criticize Chavez's handling of problems such as
rampant violent crime and 27.6 percent inflation.

Hundreds of Chavez's supporters wearing red shirts gathered
around the National Assembly and cheered the president as he
arrived.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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