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Capriles distances himself from violence

Reuters, CARACAS

He jumped on Capriles’ cancellation of yesterday’s march, saying the opposition leader had started to “backpedal.”

“But no matter how much they retreat, they’ll have to face justice sooner rather than later,” Maduro said before turning on Capriles. “You are responsible for this. Don’t disguise yourself as a pacifist.”

In a session of Congress on Tuesday, “Chavista” legislators accused Capriles of inciting bloodshed and called for him to face a formal investigation and charges. Two opposition lawmakers said they were insulted and punched by pro-government legislators.

Maduro’s slight margin of victory has raised doubts about whether the alliance that formed around Chavez during his 14 years in power can hold together without him.

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