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Venezuela: Poverty has been reduced 40 percent in ten years

Caracas, Feb 20 ABN.- In ten years of revolutionary government, poverty has been reduced 40%, the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, said on Thursday.

The President explained that in 1997 the poverty rate was 67% while in 2007 was 27%, which means a decrease of 40%.

President Chávez also explained that unemployment rate was 15% in 1997 while in 2007 was 7%; the results have been reached 'thanks to the revolution', said the President.

Chávez added that the access to drinking water increased from 82% to 95% in the last ten years. Moreover, the access to the sanitation increased from 68% to 82%.

President Chávez said that these victories are part of Mission Christo, which seeks zero poverty by the year 2021.

Translated by Kiraz Janicke