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Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez faces tough competition in Sunday's election

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A women passes by in front of propaganda posters of Venezuelan President and candidate Hugo Chavez (top) and opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, in Caracas on October 5, 2012. Elections in Venezuela will be held on October 7. RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelans head to to the polls this Sunday in a presidential election that could fundamentally alter their political future.

Hugo Chavez has been president since 1999 — he's easily won three consecutive elections. But now, his fate is less certain as he squares off against Henrique Capriles Radonski, a conservative businessman.

Venezuela's poor, who happen to be the majority of the population, revere Chavez, but the country's middle and upper classes can't stand his socialist stance.


Rory Carroll, correspondent for the Guardian newspaper

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