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03-05-2013, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Ilkka Sinisalo View Post
Yeah, he was a dictator, but he just had a different political philosophy and didn't starve or brutalize his people.

GDP increased by about a factor of 4 during Chavez' tenure. It would be hard to argue that his policies didn't have some positive impacts on the nations.
Considering that Venezuela's industrial output has decreased in such a way due to his policies, and that imports have been needed to meet demand, and that shortages of food have become common place I would wager that that increase is mostly due to his luck of being elected during an oil boom.

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