Jonathan Watts and Virginia Lopez
September 30, 2012

The challenger to Hugo Chávez in the Venezuelan presidential election has vowed a dramatic change in foreign policy if he is elected next Sunday, shifting his country away from China and Russia and reviewing crucial oil deals.

Henrique Capriles, who has gained ground in recent polls, said he would halt arms purchases from Russia, rethink relations with Iran and revise deals to exploit one of the world’s biggest recoverable oil resources in the Orinoco belt.

In an interview during a campaign stop, Capriles said he would end the Chávez policy of promoting worldwide revolution and focus on Venezuela’s needs.

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