February 12th, 2012
05:54 AM ET

Venezuelan primary candidates aim to end Chavez rule

Venezuelan voters hoping for an end to Hugo Chavez's presidency head to the polls Sunday to pick a candidate to compete against him.

The five opposition candidates vying for a spot on the ballot have agreed on one thing: supporting whoever wins the primary.

The unified front could be a key weapon in the political battle leading up to October's presidential election, analysts say.

"The opposition realized that if they are not united, if they divide the vote, they can never beat Chavez," said Federico Welsch, a political science professor at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. "After Sunday, President Chavez will have an adversary with a face and a name. ... This time it seems like the opposition has a real possibility of winning. It's not a very high probability, but there's a chance."

Chavez's supporters have slammed the opposition coalition, saying there's no doubt the incumbent president will triumph in October.

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  1. Philip

    @BOMBO. hanging chard rigged? With the same corporation that built Florida's voting machines being an offshore corp. located in The Caymen Islands to evade scrutiny, right next door to ENRONS bookeeping service found guilty in US courts, but simply moved offshore and changed their name, but still conduct business as usual? THAT kind of fraud in Venezuela? I don't think so bub.

    February 13, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      We all know how pro-Chavez you are.
      Thanks for reminding us once again.

      February 13, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. ms

    @Phillip...now why would we bother when you seem to know it all...sheesh.

    February 13, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superman

    Ill pay 50€ for his seat,,, do i hear a dollar sold for a dollar ,, no the farc can buy another cow and give back what they have taken

    February 13, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
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