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Chavez rival campaigns through Facebook forum

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has tried a new campaign tool with a live question-and-answer session on Facebook.

The candidate, who is running against President Hugo Chavez in the country's Oct. 7 election, used the 45-minute video appearance to field questions sent via Facebook and Twitter.

Answering one of the questions, Capriles criticized Chavez's decision this week to pull out of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, calling it irresponsible. Capriles also said that if he is elected, he would restore Venezuela's membership in any such international bodies.

He spoke on Wednesday before an audience in a studio at the Venezuelan television channel RCTV, which Chavez's government forced off the airwaves in 2007.

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