President Nicolás Maduro has taken on a new role – Saint Nicholas – assuring Venezuelan children that he will personally ensure sure that their toys are delivered on time this year. Not for Maduro a magical sleigh though, instead he ordered confiscated the entire stock of the country’s biggest toy wholesaler for redistribution at a ‘fair cost’. For frazzled parents across the country, it was little consolation perhaps, as they added a lengthy line at the bank to their daily queue roster.

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