VOA: Maduro Vows Economic Change for Venezuela's 'Rebirth' Before Vote16 May 2018 | 05:34 | FOCUS News Agency
The 55-year-old leftist, however, gave no specifics about how he would turn around Venezuela's economy, mired in the fifth year of a grueling recession under his rule since 2013.
Despite pressure from political opponents and angst among millions of Venezuelans, Maduro has largely refused to make even minor reforms to the creaking state-led economy such as overhauling dysfunctional currency and price controls.
"Venezuela needs big economic changes and we are going to do it ourselves," Maduro said at a rally in the bedroom community of Charallave, south of Caracas, prior to Sunday's poll.
Though personally unpopular, Maduro is expected to win due to a boycott by the mainstream opposition, loyalists' control of key institutions, and the vote-winning power of state handouts.
"If you give me your power on May 20, I swear ... to you with my life that I will dedicate myself to making all the economic changes that Venezuela needs for rebirth," added Maduro, who danced and sang under the Caribbean sun.
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