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Venezuela's torn PSUV holds first congress post-Chavez

A man walks by a wall with a mural depicting late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Caracas on June 10, 2014The United Socialist Party of Venezuela appears anything but, as it heads into its first congress since the death of founder Hugo Chavez torn by power struggles and economic woes. The populist firebrand’s hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, faces internal dissent over his leadership at the PSUV’s third congress this weekend, and deep rifts have emerged over economic policies that some members blame for the severe shortages racking the country. “At first it seemed like the strategic objective for the congress was to consolidate Maduro as political boss and unify the chain of command,” said social psychologist and political analyst Colette Capriles.

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