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Format The format of the show changed over time. At first, it was mainly a call-in show in which Venezuelans expressed grievances and talked to Chavez. Over time, fewer and fewer "regular people" called in and instead Chavez talked about his favorite topics. More artistic performances were added as the years went on.<ref>Frajman, Eduardo "Broadcasting Populist Leadership: Hugo Chavez and Alo Presidente", Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. 43, Issue 3, August 2014, pp. 501-526. </ref>

Government ministers were required to attend the program. They may be questioned by the president about anything, and sometimes policy — even military policy — is made on the show. During the March 2, 2008 airing, Chávez ordered a top general to send ten battalions of troops to the border with Colombia in response to a bombing by Colombian forces inside Ecuador which killed Raúl Reyes, a top member of FARC.<ref name="newyorker">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="frontline">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> (The battalions were not deployed;<ref name="bbc_may09" /> see also 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis.)

In the past Chávez also frequently used the program to discuss (and often denounce) US foreign policy.<ref name="bbc_may09">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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