CARACAS:

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress at the weekend with President Nicolas Maduro, above, seeking to fire up militants and quell dissidents who say he is failing to fix the economy. It was the party's third congress since 2008, but the first without its charismatic founder, former president Hugo Chavez who died last year of cancer after ruling the South American Opec nation for 14 years.

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