On Sunday, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez recalled that during the last ten years of his presidency, statistics indicate that levels of poverty and extreme poverty have been considerably reduced since 1999.
During a press conference held for the international press from Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the President Chávez explained that 10 years ago half the population lived in conditions of extreme poverty, while one fourth suffered extreme poverty. At that time, registries indicated around 8,000 homeless children.
“We have already reduced poverty levels to 30% and we are almost at 20%. Extreme poverty has been cut from 25% to 8% and we will continue to reduce it,” emphasized the president.
The head of state also referred to other achievements during his administration. Among them he highlighted the social missions, the reduction of infant mortality and the creation of a free public healthcare network, among many other social programs.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / August 31, 2009.