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.