Opposition to Venezuela's Chavez grows

Concerns for Chavez's health and criticism of his government may lead to a tougher election battle in 2012.

    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


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