Nine days of campaign kick off in Venezuela

The race for the presidency of Venezuela officially begins today, but the competition has been heated for weeks now. The two main candidates, Nicolás Maduro and Henrique Capriles, have already toured half the country aggressively trying to undermine each other and win voters’ support.

The challenge for both is to paint a clear picture of what a future without Hugo Chávez, who succumbed to cancer on March 5th, looks like for 28 million Venezuelans. The tone of the campaigns, however, has been filled with verbal attacks and criticism, with Maduro going as far as threatening to arrest Capriles for questioning the date of Chávez’ death.

Meanwhile Maduro’s mission seems to be to convince the people of Venezuela that Hugo Chávez lives on in him and insisting that social programs created by Chávez that benefit the poor will be in danger of disappearing if he were not elected. He has the support of 20 out 0f 23 governors in the country who “will do whatever it takes to get Maduro elected,” says Latin American studies expert, Shannon O’Neill.

“Maduro isn’t Chávez,” said former Information Minister who also works on Maduro’s campaign, Andrés Izarra, “Maduro is his son. He is the person (…) who will move forward with his legacy. That is what will give him the victory.”

Capriles has accused Maduro of exploiting Chávez’ legacy. Analysts feel the rushed manner in which both candidates must campaign leads both to give a more aggressive tone to their discourse to  make the most out of each public appearance.

2 Respuestas para “Nine days of campaign kick off in Venezuela”

  1. alberto hurtado Dice:

    Alberteacher writes: if we thought Chavez was cracy or des´chavetao…what could people common sense people think of Mr. Ripe (maduro)…who said his boss Hugo was lobbying with God to name an argentinian cardinal as the next Pope so that´s the way it came to be…now says that des´Chavetao appears as a little bird…(to advice him on how to defeat Mr Capriles. Will 56 million eyes, ears, legs of 28 million Venezuelans be so blind, deaf or limping…to go on with stupidity…all Ripe needs is Pitty Cordoban to make the ´perfect team´and probably call Timochenko to engrose or absorb the ´clever´ones…Please people of our sister country…wake up WAKE UP! before it´s too late.

  2. alberto hurtado l. Dice:

    ALBERTEACHER FROM BILINGUAL GUARNE STEREO COLOMBIA WRITES: TO ALL VENE’SUELANS…THIS IS YOUR CHANCE FOR A CHANGE…FOR THE BETTER….YOU ALL HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH DURING 14 YEARS OF DES’CHAVETAO AND NOW MR. RIPE WANT TO BE IN POWER GOD KNOWS TILL WHEN… WAKE UP….WILL YOU…SPECIALLY MY LONG ISLAND FRIENDS LENNY CHACON…AND AMY CHRISLER…AND THE REST OF THE CROWD…GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE FOR CAPRILES…IN APRIL….

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