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Mapping Social Change :: Venezuela

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President Hugo Rafael Chávez FríasPresident: Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.

Came to power: Elected in 1998, re-elected in 2000 and in 2006 with 63% of the vote. Overcame coup attempt in 2002 and recall attempt in 2004.


spacerSocial “missions” for literacy, health care, treatment for addicts, and job training address poverty and exclusion.
spacerInitiated rewrite of constitution.
spacerMajor moves towards regional integration through ALBA and Bancosur.
spacerEconomy is mixed: some enterprises are state-owned, some remain private; cooperatives are encouraged.
spacerProposed gas pipeline to Brazil, and later to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay, would cut through rainforest and indigenenous lands.
spacer57% satisfied with Venezuela's democracy*
spacerApproval rating for Chávez government: 65%*

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Democracy or Dictatorship? : : Venezuela's Co-op Boom

* Poll figures based on 20,234 interviews conducted in 18 Latin American countries between Oct.3-Nov.5, 2006,
and published in LATINOBARÓMETRO REPORT 2006,
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