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.FULL STORY