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Capriles Says Chavez Has Nothing Left to Offer Venezuelans

July 12, 2012

Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski said President Hugo Chavez has nothing left to offer the country after almost 14 years in power and the Oct. 7 election will be a choice between the “future and more of the same.”

Capriles, 40, toured Cojedes state today as part of his town-by-town campaign where he said residents complained of deteriorating public services, violence and unemployment.

“This government has nothing new to offer the country, 14 years are enough,” Capriles said in a speech broadcast on Globovision and also carried by state television. “This is a choice between a people that want to progress and a government that wants to stay in power.”

Capriles has broadened his strategy since the official start of the campaign on July 1 to visit several towns in a state per day after visiting residents house-by-house following his landslide win in a February primary election. The former governor of Miranda state said that he would strengthen the government’s current social programs by protecting the rights of the beneficiaries.

To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Cancel in Caracas at dcancel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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