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Oil industry tests Venezuela as election kicks off

After more than a year of nearly non-stop campaigning, Venezuelans could be forgiven for suffering from election fatigue

After more than a year of nearly non-stop campaigning, Venezuelans could be forgiven for experiencing some election fatigue. But people came out in the thousands yesterday at duelling rallies for Nicolas Maduro, late president Hugo Chavez's chosen successor, and leading opposition candidate Henrique Capriles as they kicked off the official campaign season ahead of the 14 April presidential election. If the polls are correct, Maduro is on his way to an easy victory. A Hinterlaces survey on 1 April predicted Maduro would win 55% of the vote compared to Capriles' 35%. A Datanalisis poll in mid-March showed a similar result, putting Maduro ahead of Capriles 53.1% to 35.6%. Polling has a spotty

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