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Maduro plans to seek re-election in April

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Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro told a rally on Tuesday that he is ready to run for re-election if supported by the ruling socialist party.

Why it matters: Earlier today, the pro-government Constituent Assembly announced that the election would be held at the end of April. Maduro has ruled Venezuela since the death of Hugo Chávez in 2013, with the majority of his tenure marred by economic crises, food shortages and civil unrest.

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