Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the closing ceremony of the XVI Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas (ALBA) at the Convention Palace in Havana, on December 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

CARACAS – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he intended to defeat the “oligarchs” responsible for the country’s crisis and that he would win the “economic war” they are waging against the once-wealthy country should he be re-elected next week.

Maduro is an unpopular president, is seeking his second term in office despite the country’s economic crisis and social unrest that has exploded in the country. Maduro has blamed the hyperinflation and recession on the “criminal mafias.”

The country also suffering from food and and medicine shortages  he is still expected to win the election next week because many people will absent from voting.

Maduro said in front of hundreds of people from the Socialist Party “If you hand me victory on May 20, I swear I will end the economic war,”

Addressing his critics, “You’ll get your comeuppance in a week’s time,”

He even accused the business industry of raising prices in recent days in order to create more discontent among voters.

The official country’s opposition said the National Assembly puts annual inflation at more than 13,000% in the year to April. Critics blame strict price and currency controls for the mess.

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