June 12 - Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announces candidacy to tens of thousands. Julie Noce reports.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced his candidacy for reelection to throngs of cheering supporters Monday. Chavez held up his registration papers for the October 7th elections-- which most polls have him winning, despite his recent battle with cancer. In his first appearance after undergoing rounds of radiotherapy treatment in Cuba-- the enthusiastic leader told supporters he expects to win , quote, by a knockout. Analysts expect a highly contentious election as Chavez's socialist model is put to the test. Julie Noce, Reuters