CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles plans to address Venezuela's military and will likely discuss its role in the country's upcoming presidential election.
During his 13 years in office, President Hugo Chavez has promoted trusted officers and has put his political stamp on the armed forces high command, which is dominated by supporters of what
he calls his socialist "Bolivarian Revolution."
Capriles has not revealed details of his message to the armed forces, but political analysts are expecting the opposition leader to urge soldiers to reject Chavez's efforts to shore up support within the military and abide by the institution's traditionally apolitical role.
Capriles is expected to address the military during several television broadcasts yesterday evening.
Venezuela will hold presidential election on October 7.