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Venezuela’s armed forces tighten grip as food crisis grows

LNM Radio Network

LNM Radio Network

As socialist Venezuela faces its worst economic crisis in living memory, the country’s armed forces, under the command of defense minister General Vladimir Padrino López, have emerged as a key player.

Many were unnerved when Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s unpopular president, this month handed the military extraordinary powers to tackle ravaging shortages in a country where food and basic medicines are increasingly hard to find and the inflation rate is forecast to top 700 per cent.