Venezuela to Raise Spending 46% in 2012 Budget Ahead of Vote

Venezuela to Raise Spending 46% in 2012 Budget Ahead of Vote

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president, left, and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, visit a soybean farm in El Tigre, Anzoategui State, Venezuela. Photograph: Milaflores Palace via Bloomberg