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In pictures: Caracas campaigning closes
Venezuela's presidential candidates make their last pitch to voters ahead of Sunday's election.
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Caracas, Venezuela - Official campaigning ahead of Venezuela's election closed on Thursday night, as interim president Nicolas Maduro and opposition challenger Henrique Capriles made their final speeches to voters.

Hundreds of thousands rallied in Caracas, the capital, to support Maduro. Some wore the trademark red shirts of the Socialist Party and fake mustaches in the bushy style of their candidate.

Capriles supporters mobilised in Barquisimeto, in Lara state, where their nominee promised major changes to the country that is believed to hold the world's largest oil reserves. 

Sunday's election will be the first without Hugo Chavez in 14 years. The populist former army officer died of cancer last month, and the interim leader is attempting to capitalise on his legacy.

More than 15 million Venezuelans are eligible to cast ballots on Sunday, April 14. The end of campaigning means political advertisements need to be withdrawn from the news media and alcohol sales are prohibited.


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On the final day of official campaigning ahead of Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Caracas to support interim president Nicolas Maduro.


Chris Arsenault/Al Jazeera
Crowds swelled across the capital, as the campaigns drew to a close.


Chris Arsenault/Al Jazeera
Maduro frequently invokes the memory of deceased president Hugo Chavez in his speeches.


Chris Arsenault/Al Jazeera
Many supporters wore fake moustaches, in homage to the bushy style sported by Maduro, a former bus driver and foreign minister.


Chris Arsenault/Al Jazeera
Dalia Guia, a pensioner and government supporter, said: "There have been many changes over the last 14 years. The elderly are now acknowledged. The government has invested in education, sports and healthcare. And the benefits of the oil industry are being shared."


Chris Arsenault/Al Jazeera
Venezuelans from across the country descended upon the capital to show their support for their candidates.


Raul Arboleda/AFP
Meanwhile, in Barquisimeto, in Lara state, a Capriles supporter painted her face in the colours of the Venezuelan flag as she attended the closing rally of his campaign.


Raul Arboleda/AFP
Capriles supporters rallied as the campaigns came to an end on the anniversary of a failed coup against the late president Hugo Chavez.


Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
A supporter of Venezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is lifted out of the crowd after fainting during a campaign rally in the state of Lara.


Raul Arboleda/AFP
A supporter of Venezuela's opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, held a dove during a campaign rally in the northern Lara state.


Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Venezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles (C) greeted supporters during his final campaign rally in the state of Lara.


Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Capriles addressed a huge gathering as he closed his campaign. Venezuela's voters head to the polls on Sunday April 14.


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The elderly are now acknowledged. The government has invested in education, sports and healthcare. And the benefits of the oil industry are being shared."Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=09F73jrefN1RrChris ArsenaultAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesDalia Guia, a pensioner and government supporter, said: "There have been many changes over the last 14 years. The elderly are now acknowledged. The government has invested in education, sports and healthcare. And the benefits of the oil industry are being shared." http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0a9t5X0gnk3uSVenezuelans from across the country descended upon the capital to show their support for their candidates.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0a9t5X0gnk3uSChris ArsenaultAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesVenezuelans from across the country descended upon the capital to show their support for their candidates. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0egY0mDfJlgeFMeanwhile, in Barquisimeto, in Lara state, a Capriles supporter painted her face in the colours of the Venezuelan flag as she attended the closing rally of his campaign.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0egY0mDfJlgeFRaul ArboledaAFPMeanwhile, in Barquisimeto, in Lara state, a Capriles supporter painted her face in the colours of the Venezuelan flag as she attended the closing rally of his campaign. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0dsF3v9eqof6ECapriles supporters rallied as the campaigns came to an end on the anniversary of a failed coup against the late president Hugo Chavez.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0dsF3v9eqof6ERaul ArboledaAFPCapriles supporters rallied as the campaigns came to an end on the anniversary of a failed coup against the late president Hugo Chavez. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=09IYbQk3YqbonA supporter of Venezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is lifted out of the crowd after fainting during a campaign rally in the state of Lara.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=09IYbQk3YqbonCarlos Garcia RawlinsReutersA supporter of Venezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is lifted out of the crowd after fainting during a campaign rally in the state of Lara. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=09li5g99IlgWnA supporter of Venezuela's opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, held a dove during a campaign rally in the northern Lara state.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=09li5g99IlgWnRaul ArboledaAFPA supporter of Venezuela's opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, held a dove during a campaign rally in the northern Lara state. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=00C60DegOf5jAVenezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles (C) greeted supporters during his final campaign rally in the state of Lara.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=00C60DegOf5jACarlos Garcia RawlinsReutersVenezuela's opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles (C) greeted supporters during his final campaign rally in the state of Lara. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0arA9uB1Ja4jxCapriles addressed a huge gathering as he closed his campaign. Venezuela's voters head to the polls on Sunday April 14.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Caracas-campaigning-closes?image_id=0arA9uB1Ja4jxCarlos Garcia RawlinsReutersCapriles addressed a huge gathering as he closed his campaign. Venezuela's voters head to the polls on Sunday April 14.

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