President Maduro passed five new laws yesterday in an attempt to create a stronger social safety net in the face of ongoing economic difficulty within Venezuela. The five laws, encouraging employment, creating greater guarantees in existing social programs, strengthening the power of communal councils and community financing, and increasing the rate of food subsidies, were all passed via the Enabling Law, which allows the President limited lawmaking for a temporary period.
Following his election victory last Sunday against the MUD rightwing coalition candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonski, newly re-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave his first press conference on Tuesday outlining his thoughts on the election and national and foreign policy issues.
Mission Culture, a social program that aims to transform cultural education in Venezuela, celebrated its seventh anniversary on Tuesday. The program was created on July 10, 2005, by the government of President Hugo Chávez, and since then it has trained over 12,000 people in different areas of the arts to foster a renewal of popular creativity.