Chavez’s TV show “Alo Presidente” was an outspoken and unpredictable spectacle.
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CARACAS: Venezuelans are running short of food, medicine and patience, but fear not: President Nicolas Maduro is here to cheer them up – by dancing salsa.Wednesday was a case in point as Maduro celebrated his 54th birthday with a live performance by old-school salsa greats El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.A former bus driver, Maduro has often sung and danced at campaign rallies.Now Maduro is using salsa's popular beats to reach out to ordinary Venezuelans who deserted him in that vote, social psychologist Ricardo Sucre said.Maduro himself brands the crisis a U.S.-backed capitalist conspiracy.The last edition of his television program "In Touch With Maduro" lasted four hours and featured a live salsa band.With his long broadcasts, Maduro is carrying on a tradition of his late mentor and predecessor Hugo Chavez.Ramos is one of the leaders of efforts to drive Maduro from office.
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