Venezuela's statistics institute trumpets reduction of structural poverty
The president of the Venezuelan National Statistics Institute said that poverty ended at some 6.5% in 2012, based on preliminary results
"The number of non-poor climbed from 67% to 75.43% whereas that of the poor slipped from 21.64% to 17.60%. In the meantime, extreme poverty dropped from 11.36% to 6.97%," Eljuri stressed.
The president of the statistics institute rejected academic reports suggesting that poverty has not been cut in Venezuela. Elijuri said such reports were questionable.
Elijuri noted that poverty may end at 6.5% in 2012, based on preliminary results.
He underscored that overcrowding was cut down from 15.12% to 10.0%; inadequate homes, from 9.38% to 8.69%; and homes without basic utilities, from 14.69% to 8.68%.
The official attributed the results to better life conditions and the incorporation of new dwellings in 2012.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.