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Venezuela's Maduro may use hunger as election weapon

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MiamiHerald / In 2016, the government began handing out bags of subsidized food, known by their acronym, CLAP, to fight off what it calls an “economic war” waged by Washington and other enemies. By some accounts, 70 percent of the population now rely on CLAP food to supplement their diets.

And during this election cycle, critics say the aid has become weaponized as part of a sophisticated and cynical get-out-the-vote machine.

At the heart of the government’s subsidy program is the ” Carnet de la Patria ,” or “Fatherland Card” — an electronic identification card — that Venezuelans often need to show in order receive their CLAP food, subsidized medicine and government cash bonuses.

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