Venezuela's misery index gives opposition candidates a boost in Sunday's elections

December 6, 2015 5:10 AM

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Carlos Lopez was about to undergo liver transplant surgery earlier this year when his doctors abruptly called off the procedure: Venezuela lacked the necessary postoperative drugs to keep his body from rejecting the new organ, they told him.

"I underwent eight months of pre-surgical exams for nothing," said Lopez, a 68-year-old chemist. He also had secured a government grant to pay for the operation and an agreement from his daughter to donate a portion of her liver. "What Venezuela is going through has a human cost, not just an economi...

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