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Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan president, dead at 58

Posted by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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Hugo Chavez, passionate but polarizing Venezuelan president, dead at 58

 As France's troops near Islamist guerrillas' last refuges, families fear that their loved ones will be killed.

Mr. Chavez first revealed in a brief, dramatic television address in June 2011 that he had undergone two surgical procedures in Cuba. He would go under the knife two more times, greatly weakening the once robust leader. Mr. Chavez had been elected in October 2012 to a third six-year term. But he missed his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 10 while lying gravely ill in a Havana hospital after undergoing what his aides had called a complex operation a month before.

The country was plunged into an institutional crisis, with Mr. Chavez's foes accusing the government of violating the constitution. But Mr. Chavez's lieutenants managed to buy time until their leader's pre-dawn return to Venezuela on Feb. 18. He remained at a Caracas military hospital, with his Twitter account bursting out messages such as "Onward toward victory always!! We will live and we will triumph!!"

As an obscure 37-year-old lieutenant colonel, Mr. Chavez had led a failed coup in 1992 against President Carlos Andres Perez's government. Six years later, on Dec. 6, 1998, Mr. Chavez was elected president in a landslide after pledging to replace a broken, corrupt political system and redistribute the country's substantial oil-fueled wealth.

Mr. Chavez left Venezuela deeply polarized, his supporters lionizing him as a courageous rebel determined to take on the elites, and his foes painting him as a dangerous demagogue and strongman.

The former army paratrooper promised a revolution and reveled in what he considered a battle to end all vestiges of the power structure then in place in Venezuela, especially its close economic and political ties to the United States.

Quickly moving to overturn the old order, Mr. Chavez marginalized the traditional power brokers who had held influence in Venezuela, attacked establishment institutions and upended the country's economy.

Combative in olive green uniform and red beret, Mr. Chavez called his opponents "degenerates" and "squealing pigs," referred to the Catholic Church hierarchy as "devils in vestments" and labeled critics "counterrevolutionaries."

"Oligarchs tremble, because now is when the revolution is going forward," he warned in 2000, after the constitution had been redrawn and a new legislature dominated by his allies had taken over. "This is going to be delicious; we're going to deliver a knockout punch to the counterrevolution."

His guiding light was the 19th-century independence liberator Simon Bolivar, whose pronouncements, writings and philosophy found their way into nearly every speech Mr. Chavez gave.

The new president renamed the country the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and he labeled his philosophy Bolivarian. Mr. Chavez sought the unification of South America, reviving Bolivar's unmet dream. He also called for a rejection of the so-called Washington Consensus, a policy that includes a drop in tariffs, adherence to tight spending, privatizations of state industries and other economic orthodoxy.

 

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grandmab125
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?

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grandmab125
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

 Just wondering, since you post an article with the word "passionate" in the title describing Chavez.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?

 

grandma B

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I didnt write or title the article

Quoting grandmab125:

 Just wondering, since you post an article with the word "passionate" in the title describing Chavez.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?


Quoting grandmab125:


 So, were you a big Chavez fan?


 

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Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

R.I.P?? 

I'm I the only one who thinks its weird that they are having elections in 30 days? You would think they would give people more time, I mean I didn't know so I was voting for until I was in the booth.

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

She's just trying to start shit and might eventually call you a commie or socialist.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?


paperorplastic
by Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Good riddance!

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

 I don't call people commies.  Sweets doesn't need you to defend her.  She's a big girl, I think.

Quoting Citygirlk:

She's just trying to start shit and might eventually call you a commie or socialist.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?


 

grandma B

Thomigirl
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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She posted an article. Get off her tit already.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Just wondering, since you post an article with the word "passionate" in the title describing Chavez.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?

 



grandmab125
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

 Up yours.

Quoting Thomigirl:

She posted an article. Get off her tit already.

Quoting grandmab125:

 Just wondering, since you post an article with the word "passionate" in the title describing Chavez.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Where in the Hell would you get that from?

Quoting grandmab125:

 So, were you a big Chavez fan?

 

 

 

 

grandma B

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