Venezuela orders civilians to back military on food distribution

Venezuela has suffered a spectacular implosion in the past three years as plunging oil prices have pushed it deep into recession, sparking riots, looting and violent crimePresident Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he was creating civilian units to back troops monitoring food production and distribution in crisis-wracked Venezuela. The embattled president has had the military protecting the mainly centrally planned economy’s food distribution system which is hobbled by theft and black marketeering. “I am going to do everything to put the resources in place so that in December and January production is at 100 percent,” Maduro said.

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