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Chavez angers opposition leaders

Flush with oil profits, President Hugo Chavez handed public workers $3 billion in Christmas bonuses 1 1/2 months early, angering opposition leaders who called it part of a cynical pattern of public handouts ahead of a December presidential election. Opponents said the government spending spree includes free commuter train rides, a free rock concert, and a powerful propaganda machine that has painted pro-Chavez slogans on buses and handed out T-shirts bearing the image of the former paratroop commander known affectionately as “El Comandante.” Full Story

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