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Hard-line leftists growing impatient with Venezuela's socialist administration

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    FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2014 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, leads a workshop for state workers in front of a banner showing Maduro, left, and Venezuela's former President Hugo Chavez and reads in Spanish "Workshop: Maximum Socialist Effectiveness. State companies in the construction of the new economic order, " at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) oil compnay in Caracas, Venezuela. Maduro was tapped by Chavez as his preferred successor to the presidency, and is quick to invoke the late leader’s name, but orthodox socialists are grumbling over free-market reforms they say are counter to the revolution. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2009 file photo, Venezuela's Planning Minister Jorge Giordani attends a press conference at Miraflores Palace where an image of Simon Bolivar hangs behind in Caracas, Venezuela. In June of 2014, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro fired Giordani, a Marxist economist whose Spartan lifestyle and anti-capitalist doctrine earned him the nickname “the Monk.” Giordani is not going into forced retirement quietly. In a lengthy tract published on several websites, he has accused Maduro of undoing Chavez’s gains and failing to control his administration, implying corruption and incompetence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File) (The Associated Press)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power.

Maduro was tapped by Hugo Chavez as his preferred successor to the presidency, but orthodox socialists are grumbling over liberalized currency reforms they say are counter to the revolution.

The tensions came to a head last week when Maduro fired Planning Minister Jorge Giordani, a Marxist economist whose Spartan lifestyle and anti-capitalist doctrine earned him the nickname "the Monk."

Giordani then published a tract accusing Maduro of undoing Chavez's gains and failing to control his administration.