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Chavez doll craze hits Venezuela

by Greg Morsbach
BBC News
December 23, 2005

The little Chavez - or Chavecito - has the president's trademark red army beret and his military boots, and even its own political catchphrase.

In a country that is split into those for and against the president, the toy is causing a stir.

The dolls have turned many a toy shop into a goldmine.

"In just a few weeks, we sold 1,500 of these dolls. That's about 20 dolls a day," says Douglas Bustamante, one of the store owners in the capital, Caracas.

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