Venezuela: Stand and deliver

Venezuela: Stand and deliver

Venezuela

By Ben Miller It’s the kind of list few incoming leaders would envy. Soaring unemployment. Rampant inflation. Food shortages. Slumping export demand. A yawning budget deficit. Lack of investment. And a weakened political mandate. But these are just some of the challenges facing Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s new president. The choices he makes are likely to have far-reaching consequences not only for his party, but for the course the nation charts for the next generation. However, a brewing power struggle within his party and the imperative to prove his credentials – as heir to the legacy of former president Hugo Chávez – could force Maduro to entrench the populist policies of his predecess

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