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Venezuela to create 'ministry of happiness'

26 October 2013 Last updated at 04:34 BST

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness.

Mr Maduro says the agency will co-ordinate the anti-poverty programmes created by the late President Hugo Chavez, but others suspect the move is purely political, coming six weeks before municipal elections.

The country has inflation of almost 50% and suffers from chronic shortages of basic goods such as staple foods and toilet roll.

Emily Thomas reports.

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