CARACAS: As Venezuelans prepared to go to the polls, their President, Hugo Chavez, fronted what looked like a 1950s TV commercial. In a glossy kitchen
he was explaining to a housewife the wonders of a new fridge.
''Feel the lines on it. Nice, eh? And wait till I tell you about the discount,'' he said.
The price was not just a bargain, it was a socialist bargain, for this was a live broadcast from the presidential palace, Miraflores, and Mr Chavez
was selling more than just a fridge.
Hanging on ... a Chavez poster covers a phone booth as voters prepare for election day.
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