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Chavez encourages Venezuelans to vote

09-26-2010 18:57 BJT

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his lawmakers and supporters have taken to the country's streets to encourage citizens to vote in Sunday's election.

About 17.5 million people will elect 165 lawmakers to the National Assembly. Chavez is attempting to maintain control of the legislature, which has been dominated by his allies since 2005. The vote is also seen as a referendum on Chavez himself before the next presidential election in 2012.

Chavez and his supporters sought to mobilize his loyalists by calling the election a chance to keep his "Bolivarian Revolution" rolling and to defend its socialist-inspired programmes.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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