December 27, 2010 / 3:11 AM / 8 years ago

Venezuela's Chavez makes first use of new powers

 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez makes his first use of new
decree powers to create a $2.3 billion fund for reconstruction
after widespread flooding that left more than 130,000 people
homeless.
 The South American OPEC member nation's socialist leader
has infuriated opposition parties and been criticized as a
dictator for assuming fast-track powers for the next 18 months
that will enable him to rule by decree and bypass parliament.
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> Chavez has "battery" of decrees ready        [ID:nN16263369]
> U.S. says Chavez subverting popular will     [ID:nN15180429]
> Decree move enrages opposition               [ID:nN14271330]
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> How will Chavez decrees impact Venezuela?    [ID:nN15152061]
> Boom years distant despite oil recovery      [ID:nN16223646]
> Chavez undermines opposition                 [ID:nN13229013]
> Q+A-Chavez to rule by decree again           [ID:nN13230687]
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> FACTBOX-Facts about Hugo Chavez              [ID:nN13237877]
> Chavez orders hotel comforts for homeless    [ID:nN08180099]

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