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Health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Clouds Elections

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78628
Category/Department: Venezuela
Date: 2012-06-01
By: Andrés Gaudín

As Venezuela moves closer to the Oct. 7 presidential elections and the opposition's poll numbers decline, and as doubts about President Hugo Chávez's health are increasing, the governing party and the opposition have become embroiled in a battle of criticisms, accusations, and rumors that is corroding the political climate. With slightly more than four months until the elections, polls indicate that Chávez would be re-elected for a third consecutive term by between 17 and 36 percentage points over Henrique Capriles, the unity candidate for the opposition Mesa de Unidad Democrático (MUD).

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