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Poverty in Venezuela Reduced by 22.6%

Poverty in Venezuela has been reduced by 22.6% during the administration of President Hugo Chavez, the head of the National Institute for Statistics (INE) Elias Eljuri, reported Friday.
In a press conference, the head of the INE explained that the indicators of poverty in Venezuela have been significantly reduced during the last decade, according to the preliminary results of the Sample Survey of Homes (EHM) for the first quarter of 2009.
“Poverty has been substantially reduced in the last 10 years, from 49 percent in 1998 to 26.6 percent in 2009,”stated Eljuri.
One important indicator of development is that on average, during the previous administration of Rafael Caldera poverty remained at 60% but during the government of President Hugo Chavez it has reduced to 21%.
Likewise, Eljuri emphasized that the survey was taken in more than 40,000 homes throughout the country, a historical figure in national polls, because this is the first survey to cover this great a number of samples.
In this sense, he added that all the polls are based on a maximum sample size of 2,000.
Eljuri commented that this survey took into account the characteristics of housing, home, active and inactive population, as well as demographics and education levels. 
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / August 7, 2009

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