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Venezuelan presidential candidates step up campaigns

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 - 01:24

April 10 - Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Caprilles and acting president Nicolas Maduro rally their supporters, with Maduro announcing a hike in wages just five days before vote. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Applause for Venezuela's opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. He's stepping up his campaign ahead of Sunday's snap elections, triggered by the death of former leader Hugo Chavez. Capriles, a 40-year-old governor, says he is here to for the people and to make a stand against insular politics. Acting President Nicolas Maduro drummed up support at his own rally with a promise to hike Venezuela's minimum wage by about 40 percent if he's elected. Capriles promises a similar wage rise as both men adopt some Chavez-style populism on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's vote. Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver named by Chavez as his heir, rarely misses a chance to lionize the man many Venezuelans know as "El Comandante." But analysts say his reliance on Chavez's legacy could become a weakness. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SOCIOLOGIST MARYCLEN STELLING, SAYING: "He (Maduro) is covered in Chavez, which benefits him politically in the sense of 'Chavista' votes, but creates a weak flank because the opposition accuses him of not being Chavez." Maduro is leading opinion polls, but Caprilles says he will get a late surge of support.

Venezuelan presidential candidates step up campaigns

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 - 01:24

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