Fuel shortage the new normal in Venezuela as it suffers 5th yr of recession


With chronic shortages of basic goods afflicting her native Venezuela, Veronica Perez used to drive from supermarket to supermarket in her grey Chevrolet Aveo searching for food. But the 54-year-old engineer has abandoned the practice because of shortages of something that should be abundant in a country with the world's largest oil reserves: gasoline.

"I only do what is absolutely necessary, nothing else," said Perez, who lives in the industrial city of Valencia. She said she had stopped going to Venezuela's Caribbean.

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