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Chavez Supporters and Opposition Rally in Venezuela on Anniversary of Overthrow of Dictator

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rally on Saturday (ABN)

In politically polarised Venezuela, both supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched peacefully in the capital, Caracas, on Saturday.

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Venezuela Applies Media Social Responsibility Law to Cable Channels

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Diosdado Cabello (YVKE)

On Thursday, Venezuela’s National Tele- communications Commission released a list of cable television companies that will be subject to the Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.

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Chávez’s Annual Address Includes Minimum Wage Hike, Maintenance of Social Spending in Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez addresses the National Assembly (Prensa Presidencial)

In his annual address to the National Assembly, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced a 25% increase in the minimum wage this year, and promised that funding to health care, education, and other anti-poverty programs will not be cut.

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Venezuelan Electricity Minister Resigns, Electricity Rationing in Capital Suspended

Former electricity minister Angel Rodriguez (Archive)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the suspension of programmed power outages in the capital city on Wednesday, and asked for the resignation of his minister for electricity.

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Venezuela Implements Measures to Curb Commercial Energy Use

Electricity Minister Angel Rodriguez (YVKE)

Following months of regular blackouts in some regions of Venezuela, the government has implemented energy saving measures, requiring companies to submit plans to save 20% of their electricity usage, regulating the usage of lighting for advertising, and creating schedules of electricity usage for shopping centres, casinos, and bingo halls.

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Venezuelan President Chavez’s Popularity Steady at 60%

According to a study carried out by the Venezuelan Institute of Data Analysis (IVAD), Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s approval has dropped slightly, to 60.3%, from 62.4% last October.

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Ex Venezuelan President Rafael Caldera Dies

Rafael Caldera, founder of right wing opposition party COPEI, signer of the Punto Fijo Pact, and president preceding Hugo Chavez, died on 24 December.

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Three Venezuelan Ex-Governors, Among Others, Barred from Public Office for Corruption

Venezuela’s top anti-corruption watchdog, Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russián, announced yesterday that 153 Venezuelan’s have been disqualified from running for public office for misuse of public funds.

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U.S. Protecting Venezuelan Fugitive Rosales, Says Minister

The U.S. government is complicit in protecting former Zulia State Governor Manuel Rosales, who gave a speech in Washington, D.C. last week even though there is a red alert for his arrest before Interpol, said Venezuela’s justice and internal affairs minister, Tarek El Aissami.

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Between Caracas and Delhi

It seems more than a coincidence that two important conferences of the international left took place last month, in November 2009. One, the 11th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties was held in Delhi, India and the other, a World Meeting of Left Parties, met in Caracas, Venezuela.

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