Venezuela's statistics institute trumpets reduction of structural poverty
The president of the Venezuelan National Statistics Institute said that poverty ended at some 6.5% in 2012, based on preliminary results
"The number of non-poor climbed from 67% to 75.43% whereas that of the poor slipped from 21.64% to 17.60%. In the meantime, extreme poverty dropped from 11.36% to 6.97%," Eljuri stressed.
The president of the statistics institute rejected academic reports suggesting that poverty has not been cut in Venezuela. Elijuri said such reports were questionable.
Elijuri noted that poverty may end at 6.5% in 2012, based on preliminary results.
He underscored that overcrowding was cut down from 15.12% to 10.0%; inadequate homes, from 9.38% to 8.69%; and homes without basic utilities, from 14.69% to 8.68%.
The official attributed the results to better life conditions and the incorporation of new dwellings in 2012.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."