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Chavez heir apparent Maduro raises his profile

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro (L) talks with residents during a visit to a low income neighborhood in Caracas on February 20, 2013.The growing presence of Vice President Nicolas Maduro on state-run television, normally focused on ailing President Hugo Chavez, is giving analysts a sense that a transition is afoot in Venezuela. With Chavez bed-ridden since December due to cancer surgery, Maduro has attended international summits, led military parades and inaugurated public works shown in countless broadcasts.