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Amid crisis, Venezuela's president hosts 'The Salsa Hour'

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Amid crisis, Venezuela's president hosts 'The Salsa Hour'

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>> Venezuela may be experiencing its worst economic recession in decades. But that hasn't kept the country's President Nicolas Maduro, whose popularity has collapsed, from launching his own radio show from the Presidential Palace called The Salsa Hour.>>
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> On the broadcast which actually lasts several hours and is sometimes televised, Maduro takes call-ins, lectures on the history of salsa, and dances with his wife.
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But Reuters correspondent Karina Rodriguez in Caracas says many citizens would prefer that he just fix their economy.>>
LAUGH]>>
The show has generated criticism that Maduro is disconnected from reality in a country where millions are skipping meals and with shortages, and Maduro raising prices. An opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, criticized Maduro's radio show last week.
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He said Maduro must show more respect for the Venezuelan people, he's not an entertainer he said.>> Salsa music is cherished by Venezuelans and the broadcast is seen as a move to try and connect with poor citizens. But the Internet has pounced on the irony. A popular meme has superimposed a picture of Maduro dancing during the show on photos of food lines and people digging through garbage.
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But the show must go on and like many presidents and presidents elect, Maduro has put forth a strong effort to make regular TV and radio appearances. Averaging a half an hour on the air per day even before The Salsa Hour, which has no cancellation date.