Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro shout slogans during a campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela May 16, 2018. Picture taken May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Helen Blandin, a 44-year-old single mother, has seen her life crumble in tandem with Venezuela's devastated economy.Despite all that, Blandin will cast her vote Sunday for leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, who she adoringly proclaimed "My president!" during a recent pro-government rally in her poor hillside neighborhood of Petare overlooking eastern Caracas.Chavez poured money from an oil bonanza into Cuban-staffed medical clinics and free housing for the poor, transforming the lives of millions before he died of cancer in 2013 .But under his successor Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, the OPEC-nation with the world's biggest crude reserves has suffered five years of brutal recession.For that, economists blame Chavez-era economics, including dysfunctional currency controls and botched nationalizations, that Maduro has refused to reform.Its boycott of Sunday's election -- which it says is a sham -- means it has even less impact in the disaffected hilltop slums that ring Caracas' lush valley.Thanks to his control of state institutions and a ban on the opposition's most popular would-be candidates, Maduro is widely expected to win Sunday.
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