Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
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Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro in 60 seconds

12 November 2013 Last updated at 17:38 GMT

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has already switched on his Christmas lights at the presidential palace and made sure workers have received their festive bonus - despite it being only November.

Venezuela is holding municipal elections in a few weeks and Mr Maduro, who has been in power for six months, is keen to win votes.

BBC News examines some of the moves he has made since he became president, some of which his opponents claim are aimed at boosting his popularity.