Venezuela: Top Oil Exporter in Dire Straits

The Caribbean nation has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Despite it huge reserves, Venezuela recently had to turn to Iran to deal with a severe fuel shortage.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) Venezuela, once Latin America's top oil exporter and a bête noire of the United States, is enduring a deep economic, political and migration crisis.

With a third of its 30 million people going hungry, embattled President Nicolas Maduro still hopes to retake Congress from the opposition in Sunday's elections.

Chavez: Anti-US firebrand

Maduro was propelled to power in 2013 following the death of the hugely popular leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

Strongly anti-America, Chavez -- first elected president in 1999 -- mixed a larger-than-life personality with a man-of . . .

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