Venezuelan presidential candidates step up campaigns
Wednesday, April 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.
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