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Venezuelans Prefer Maduro to Opposition Administration, says New Poll

Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolas Maduro, is still the number one option for more than 50% of Venezuelans. (Hinterlac

Analysts partly attribute the upswing in support for the president to his government's increasingly popular grassroots food distribution network, the CLAPs. 


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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves 2017 Budget, Deepens Tax Revolution

Maduro signed the budget on Friday after being given the go ahead by Venezuela’s Supreme Court. (Agencias)

73 percent of the budget will be invested in social spending, but the country’s opposition accuses the government of having bypassed constitutional norms to approve it. 


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Venezuela's President to Move Into Public Housing Unit, Amid Protests Over Housing Privatization

Thousands of Maduro supporters have rallied in Caracas against proposed reforms to the GMVV. (AVN)

Thousands of Venezuelans protested Thursday against proposed legislation that critics say would privatize the country's public housing sector, while President Nicolas Maduro said he himself hopes to move into a public housing unit.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Announces String of Emergency Economic Measures

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressing the nation. (@PresidencialVen)

The economic initiatives include changes to the country’s multi-tiered exchange rate, a rise in the domestic price of gasoline, the implementation of a new tax system, and placing more power over food distribution in the hands of organised communities.


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Venezuelan Opposition Accepts Supreme Court Ruling, Introduces Law Privatizing Housing Mission

Venezuela's National Assembly. (Archive)

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly agreed Tuesday to recognize a Supreme Court (TSJ) ruling temporarily suspending four representatives from Amazonas state pending investigation into alleged electoral irregularities. Opposition legislators also introduced a law to privatize the country's Great Venezuelan Housing Mission. 


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Venezuelan Housing Programme Hands Over Millionth Home

Venezuela's Great Housing Mission has built 1 million homes since 2012 (telesur)

Venezuela's "Great Housing Mission" has created one million homes since the housing mission was launched by former President Hugo Chavez in 2011.

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Maduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat

In Contact with Maduro (VTV)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today several steps to “protect the achievements of the revolution” in light of the 2/3 majority secured yesterday by the country's opposition, including a full cabinet shakeup.

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Maduro Bets his Mustache that State Housing Mission will Finish 1M Homes before Year’s End

Maduro asked construction workers and engineers to work harder in order to save his mustache. (Photo: EFE)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged Wednesday to shave his mustache in the event that the Bolivarian government fails to meet its goal of completing a total of 1 million homes by year's end as part of the country's Great Housing Mission. 

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Venezuela Fights Racism with Colombian Citizen Program

Venezuelan government officials announce the launch of the registration program. (AVN)

The Venezuelan government launched on Saturday a new registration program for Colombian nationals living in Venezulean territory, which forms part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat xenophobia.

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Venezuela Recognized by FAO for Halving Malnutrition

Venezuela's Arreaza with FAO General Director Graziano Da Silva (Credit: @VTVCanal8)

Venezuela was recognized this Monday by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for meeting the UN millennium goal of halving malnutrition. 

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Venezuela Kicks off Vaccination Campaign

A Venezuelan baby is vaccinated against one of 14 illnesses. (Photo: AVN)

Medical workers will carry out house to house visits in the poorest communities and indigenous areas with difficult access.

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New Program Unveiled to Combat Medicine Shortages in Venezuela

The new system is designed to guarantee medicines for those who need them (UltimasNoticias)

Venezuelan health minister, Henry Ventura, has announced a new program to improve consumer access to medicines through the coordinated participation of over 7,000 pharmacies nationwide.

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Venezuelan Health Ministry to Distribute 18 Million Free Condoms

Last year the Venezuelan government distributed more than 17 million male and female condoms to the population (Radiomundial)

The Venezuelan Health Ministry announced on Friday that the National Public Health System will distribute 18 million condoms for men and women free of charge over the course of 2015.

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New Anti-Poverty Mission, "Households of the Nation," Gets Underway in Venezuela

The new mission, which began to be implemented on Saturday, is aimed at reducing the country's already low levels of extrem

The stated aim of the new mission is to tackle extreme poverty and ensure the "total protection" of the Venezuelan family, from birth and child-rearing through to elderly care. 

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UPDATED: New Law to Combat Discrimination Against Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS


A law protecting the equal rights of Venezuelan people living with HIV/AIDS and their families has been made official, after being approved by Parliament on August 14th.

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