CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Americans may insist on the right to pursue happiness, but Venezuela now has a formal government agency in charge of enforcing it.
President Nicolas Maduro says the new Vice Ministry of Supreme Social
Happiness will coordinate all the "mission" programs created by the
late President Hugo Chavez to alleviate poverty.
Oil-rich Venezuela is chronically short of basic goods and medical
supplies. Annual inflation is running officially at near 50 percent and
the U.S. dollar now fetches more than seven times the official rate on
the black market.