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With Venezuela's presidential election planned for October, year 2012 will be of great uncertainty for the country, whose left-wing leader, Hugo Chavez, is again running for office after nearly 13 years in power.

For the first time in a decade, Chavez's approval ratings do not guarantee his victory.

Inefficiency, unaccountability, waste, and corruption have helped weaken support for the government.

Nevertheless, and despite the after-effects of his recent cancer treatment, Chavez is still determined to do battle.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Caracas.

Source: Al Jazeera