Venezuelans Vote For President After Fierce Campaign
October 7, 2012 by staff
Venezuelans Vote For President After Fierce Campaign, Incumbent President Chavez is challenged by Henrique Capriles, who represents a coalition of opposition parties. Voters in Venezuela are going to the polls in what is predicted to be the country’s most tightly contested presidential election in a decade.
Left-wing incumbent Hugo Chavez, first elected in 1998, is being challenged by opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
Mr Chavez wants to continue what he calls his socialist revolution while Mr Capriles has promised to restore economic growth.
Almost 19 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote in the election.
Mr Chavez – who is seeking a fourth term in office – was diagnosed with cancer last year but says he has now fully recovered.
A colourful and often controversial figure on the international stage, President Chavez, 58, has nationalised key sectors of the economy.
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