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Venezuela: Does an increase in poverty signal threat to government?

Mr. Chávez fashioned himself a champion of the poor during his 14 years in office, funneling billions of dollars of Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs. Now, public approval for government leadership has fallen from around 60 percent for Chávez in 2013 to only 23 percent for President Maduro as of March. “If the situation gets worse, the government will have to face a population with ver…

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