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Nov 19, 2013

Venezuela’s Congress set to approve decree powers for Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s parliament looked set on Tuesday to grant President Nicolas Maduro year-long decree powers he says are needed to regulate the economy and stamp out corruption but adversaries view as a thinly veiled power grab.

The National Assembly was expected to give final approval to the controversial Enabling Law at its afternoon session after Maduro garnered the two-thirds, or 99 votes, needed during a preliminary debate last week.

Nov 15, 2013

Venezuela jails 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in crackdown

CARACAS, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist government
has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a
crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and
companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on
Thursday.

“They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!” Maduro
thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. “We have
more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment.”

Nov 14, 2013

Venezuela president vows no letup in price-gouging crackdown

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro has promised to step up a pre-election “economic offensive” that has resulted in inspections of hundreds of Venezuelan businesses for price gouging and caused crowds to flock to shops to take advantage of state-ordered discounts.

Since the weekend, soldiers and government inspectors have gone into 1,400 shops, taken over operations at an electronics firm and a battery-making company, begun prosecutions of nearly 30 retail managers, and also rounded up a handful of looters.

Nov 14, 2013

Maduro vows no let-up in Venezuela business crackdown

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro has promised to step up a pre-election “economic offensive” that has seen hundreds of Venezuelan businesses inspected for price gouging and crowds flocking to shops to take advantage of state-ordered discounts.

Since the weekend, soldiers and government inspectors have gone into 1,400 shops, taken over operations at an electronics firm and a battery-making company, begun prosecutions of nearly 30 retail managers, and also rounded up a handful of looters.

Nov 13, 2013

Venezuela business leader says Maduro forcing ‘failed’ economic model

CARACAS (Reuters) – The man President Nicolas Maduro named as public enemy No. 1 in Venezuela’s “economic war” says a discredited state-driven growth model, not private enterprise, is to blame for the OPEC nation’s soaring consumer prices and chronic product shortages.

Maduro has refused to loosen state controls over the economy introduced during the 14-year rule of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, and this week ordered military occupations of stores and aggressive inspections reminiscent of his predecessor’s style.

Nov 10, 2013

Venezuela arrests looters, store bosses in ‘economic war’

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government announced arrests of both store managers and looters on Sunday as part of what it calls an “economic war” in Venezuela between the socialist state and unscrupulous businessmen.

In a major pre-Christmas offensive reminiscent of the late President Hugo Chavez’s dramatic style, Maduro has sent soldiers to “occupy” one chain of electronics stores and inspectors into scores of others to check for price-gouging.

Nov 9, 2013

Maduro government ‘occupies’ Venezuela electronics chain

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the “occupation” of a chain of electronic goods stores in a crackdown on what the socialist government views as price-gouging hobbling the country’s economy.

Various managers of the five-store, 500-employee Daka chain have been arrested, and the company will now be forced to sell products at “fair prices,” Maduro said late on Friday.

Nov 6, 2013

Capriles seeks papal mediation in Venezuela politics

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles held a private meeting in Rome with Pope Francis on Wednesday and sought his mediation in the South American nation’s tumultuous internal politics.

Capriles still refuses to recognize the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro after narrowly losing an April election to replace socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer.

Nov 1, 2013

Venezuelan leader says construction workers see Chavez apparition

CARACAS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro said an image of his political idol and predecessor, the
late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, had appeared miraculously in
the wall of an underground construction site.

In the latest of a series of accusations since taking office
in April, Maduro also accused U.S.-based social network Twitter
of colluding with his foes in a “massive attack” on his
and other prominent government members’ accounts.

Oct 31, 2013

Venezuelan leader says workers see Chavez apparition at building site

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said an image of his idol and predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, has appeared miraculously in the wall of an underground construction site.

Since his death from cancer earlier this year, Chavez has taken on mythical proportions for supporters and Maduro has spoken of seeing his former mentor’s spirit several times, including in the shape of a bird.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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