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Venezuelan VP slams criticisms of economy

‘URGENT NEED’:Business leaders said Caracas’ bad policies were unbalancing the economy, which Vice President Nicolas Maduro called a ploy to destabilize the nation

Reuters, CARACAS

“Who couldn’t find sugar this week? Who went from shop to shop looking for meat or chicken?” he asked, as most people put up their hands. “Things are much worse in the countryside.”

Meanwhile, surrounded by tables laden with produce in Carabobo, Maduro introduced the country’s representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Marcelo Resende de Souza, who said that there are 800 million hungry people in the world.

“But none of them are Venezuelan because there is food security here,” he said, as Maduro nodded and the crowd cheered.

If Chavez were to step down or die, a new election would be called within 30 days with Maduro as the ruling party candidate.

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