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Venezuelan nativity scene includes Hugo Chavez

The president of Venezuela stands near baby Jesus in a nativity scene in Caracas.
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Part of the Christmas crib by architect Fernando Martinez in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 26, 2011. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

Nativity scenes traditionally feature Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

But this year, Latin America is taking plenty of liberties in interpreting the holiday tradition.

First, a nativity scene in Honduras included scenes of gang violence, a police purge and the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi.

The designer, former Honduran Foreign Minister Fernando Martinez, said he was trying to show a world of violence. Honduras has the world's highest murder rate, according to the United Nations.

Now a nativity scene in Venezuela includes the figure of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, reports NPR.

Jesus is there, too, in a manger. But Chavez stands nearby, suggesting he should quality as a wise man.

The scene also includes a cable car to symbolize infrastructure improvements.

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