Outside Caracas, Chavismo’s unfulfilled promises

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In this April 8, 2013 photo, an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is posted on an iron fence next to a government construction project of would be homes in Valencia, Venezuela. Outside Venezuela's capital, power outages, food shortages and unfinished projects abound; important factors heading into Sunday's election to replace socialist Chavez, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. An estimated 2 million of Venezuela's country's nearly 30 million people lack permanent homes, and one of Chavez's anti-poverty "missions" builds them. But it's been slow going. The government says it has built 370,500 homes and apartments over the past two years, and more than 3 million people applied for them. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — It's just after nightfall and the power is out again in untold hundreds of thousands — probably millions — of Venezuelan homes. If the government knows how many, it's not saying. It hasn't issued reports on problems in the public power grid since 2010.

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