Venezuelan presidential candidate optimistic about his chances

Henrique Capriles, the charismatic state governor with the celebrity wife is drawing huge crowds in the final week of campaigning against the rule of Hugo Chavez. Capriles candidacy has united the opposition to Chavez for the first time in more than a decade and in a fair election, might possibly even defeat the dictator. But it is unlikely Chavez will allow that to happen. The Telegraph's Philip Sherwell details why: On his first day in office, he said, he would halt the "gifts" of free or heavily-subsidised oil to Mr Chavez's left-wing ideological allies in Cuba and Nicaragua. Nor would there be any more discount deals to sympathetic Western leaders such as Ken Livingstone, a Chavez admirer who as London mayor negotiated cheap oil from Caracas for the capital's buses. The cosy relationship with Iran would end, Mr Capriles added, and he would also review the land expropriations conducted under Mr Chavez's agrarian reform "fiasco" - including the seizure of estates from...(Read Full Post)