Chavez makes energetic start in re-election bid

Associated Press
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to the crowd while riding atop a truck upon his arrival to the elections office in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 11, 2012. Chavez rallied thousands of his supporters wearing his signature red beret and blowing kisses to the crowd as he formalized his presidential candidacy and launched his re-election bid.Second from left is Chavez's younger daugther Rosines and at right his brother Adan.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo is releasing a lengthy plan to deepen his socialist policies as he officially launches his campaign to win another six-year term in October.

Chavez's "Bolivarian Socialist" proposal was inserted in the government newspaper Ciudad CCS on Tuesday and is also distributed online.

It lays out broad goals such as to "continue building 21st century Bolivarian socialism" and to expand Venezuela's ties with allied countries.

The document also includes specific targets, such as increasing the country's food production by 45 percent. The oil-exporting country imports most of its food. Chavez presented the document to elections officials on Monday when he formally registered as a candidate.

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