Short Supply: Can Venezuela Survive Chavismo?

Protesters shout as they carry a banner featuring food products that are hard to find in grocery stores, with the Spanish words: "Wanted," Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 8, 2015 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
Protesters shout as they carry a banner featuring food products that are hard to find in grocery stores, with the Spanish words: "Wanted," Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 8, 2015 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
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Miguel Rodriguez can’t quite believe what he’s planning to do on Dec. 6. A father of six, the 47-year-old farmer in Venezuela’s central state of Aragua has voted for the late Hugo Chavez, or for Chavez’s followers and initiatives, in all 17 elections since Chavez was first elected president in 1998. But Rodriguez is breaking his streak this year, abandoning Chavez’s anointed successor, President Nicolas Maduro, and vowing to vote for Chavez’s opponents in the Dec. 6 congressional elections. “I believed in Chavez and the revolution,” says Rodriguez, looking over his fields, which now lay fallow. “But now there is […]

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