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President Hugo Chavez (top) is likely to spend heavily this year to try to rev up the economy during his re-election bid, and that could worsen the country's 27-percent annual inflation rate. (Associated Press)

President Hugo Chavez (top) is likely to spend heavily this year to try to rev up the economy during his re-election bid, and that could worsen the country's 27-percent annual inflation rate. (Associated Press)

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