CARACAS, Venezuela —
In some districts of the capital, people launched fireworks, shouted and honked horns as Capriles announced he would run.
Capriles also laid out what could be main themes of his campaign, bemoaning high crime and poverty as well as the government’s decision to devalue the currency by more than 30 percent.
Venezuela’s election commission has set the vote for April 14, with formal campaigning to start just 12 days earlier.
Maduro has already announced his intention to run as the candidate of Chavez’s socialist party. On Sunday he also picked up the support of Venezuela’s small communist party. He’s expected to file election papers today.