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Supporters gather for Venezuelan presidential candidates

April 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM   |   Comments

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CARACAS, Venezuela, April 12 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of supporters for Venezuela's two main presidential hopefuls rallied in the streets ahead of Sunday's election, observers said.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro's supporters gathered in the streets of Caracas to support former President Hugo Chavez' handpicked political heir, the BBC reported Thursday.

Maduro said he plans to continue Chavez' socialist revolution.

Maduro's main opposition, Henrique Capriles, spoke to thousands of his supporters who gathered in the northern city of Acarigua, the BBC said.

He vowed to right the economy within a year and eradicate official corruption.

"I ask you for the opportunity to show that I can indeed govern and make things right," Capriles told the crowd, promising not to dismantle Chavez's social programs.

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