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