December 8, 2013

Maduro's Pocketbook Politics

Jim Wyss & Andrew Rosati, Miami Herald

The Associated Press

Over the last few weeks, President Nicolás Maduro has ordered retailers to slash prices and cap profits as he fights twin wars: one against the hemisphere’s highest inflation and another for the hearts of Venezuelans who head to the polls Sunday to elect mayors and city council members. For Maduro, the election is a chance to show that he can command allegiance and work the levers of his party’s impressive get-out-the-vote machine that helped keep his predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, in power for 14 years.

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TAGGED: Latin America, Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro

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