Challenge for socialists as Venezuelans elect legislature

December 6, 2015 5:11 AM

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CARACAS, Venezuela — The socialist system built by Hugo Chavez faces its gravest electoral test Sunday when Venezuelans cast ballots in what seems to have become a tightening race for control of the national legislature.

Until recently, the opposition was seen coasting to its first major electoral victory since Chavez became president in 1998, with Venezuelans tired of rampant crime, routine shortages of basic goods and inflation pushing well into triple digits. The economic crisis has worsened with this year’s slum...

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