Venezuela: Maduro closes campaign alongside Maradona

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At least one million people converged in Caracas on Thursday night for Nicolas Maduro's last presidential campaign speech. Among the entourage of the current interim president and heir to the Bolivarian Revolution was Argentinian football superstar Diego Armando Maradona. Thursday's rally is the last official campaign act before the presidential election on Sunday.

Nicolas Maduro was appointed Venezuela's interim president in March in the wake of Hugo Chavez's death from cancer. Since then, he has closely followed in the steps of this predecessor, adopting his rhetoric and even calling himself the former leader's son. During the campaign, Maduro said the late Comandante appeared to him in the form of a bird and blessed him ahead of the elections. In his final rally, Maduro released birds into the crowd.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles is Maduro's main rival in the Sunday election. Last October, Capriles lost the 2012 presidential election to Hugo Chavez. Opinion polls predict a comfortable victory for Maduro.

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