Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles arrives at a news conference after being re-elected during Venezuela’s regional elections, in Caracas [Capriles resiste en Miranda (Infografía)]

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Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles arrives at a news conference after being re-elected during Venezuela’s regional elections, in Caracas December 16, 2012. Allies of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez swept nearly all of Venezuela’s 23 states in Sunday’s regional vote, but Henrique Capriles consolidated his position as top opposition leader by winning re-election as governor. The 40-year-old governor of Miranda beat Chavez’s former vice president Elias Jaua to retain his job at the head of Venezuela’s second-most populous state Miranda, leaving him as candidate-in-waiting if Chavez’s ill health forces him to step aside. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)