Latin America & Caribbean

How Venezuela's crisis developed and drove out millions of people

A motorcyclist rides in front of a mural with the surname of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela Image copyright AFP
Image caption A motorcyclist drives past a sign saying "President Maduro: Together everything is possible"

Venezuela's economy is in freefall. Hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine are driving millions of Venezuelans out of the country.

And yet the man many blame for the dire state of the nation, Nicolás Maduro, is about to be sworn in as president for another six years.

So what is going on with Venezuela's economy, how did it get to this point, and what have Mr Maduro and his government done to halt the country's decline?

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