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Mar 15, 2013

Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil policy to focus on China, Russia

CARACAS, March 15 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s post-Chavez oil
policy will increasingly focus on deals with China and Russia if
acting President Nicolas Maduro wins an April 14 election to
continue his late boss’s socialist programs.

During his 14 years in power, Hugo Chavez nationalized most
of the OPEC nation’s oil industry with the aim of putting its
crude reserves – the biggest in the world – at the service of
his power base, Venezuela’s poor majority.

Mar 14, 2013

Opposition leader wants to debate Venezuela’s Maduro

CARACAS, March 14 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition leader
challenged acting President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday to “stop
lying” and have a debate, adding that he was sorry if he had
caused offense during the increasingly bitter run-up to an April
14 election.

The death last week of socialist leader Hugo Chavez set the
stage for the vote pitting Maduro, his preferred successor,
against Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old centrist state
governor.

Mar 13, 2013

Venezuela says U.S. “far-right” wants to kill Capriles

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s acting president said on Wednesday that “far right” figures in the United States were plotting to kill opposition leader Henrique Capriles in an increasingly volatile atmosphere ahead of an April 14 election.

Accusations are flying and emotions are running high in the South American OPEC nation of 29 million people since the death last week of former socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Mar 9, 2013

Global leaders, celebrities honor Chavez at funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – From Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Oscar-winner Sean Penn, an eclectic mix of mourners bid farewell on Friday to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez at a state funeral for the charismatic but divisive leader who changed the face of South American politics.

Chavez died this week at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who hailed him for plowing Venezuela’s vast oil wealth into social projects, but giving hope to foes who decried him as a dictator.

Mar 8, 2013

Leaders from Cuba to Iran attending Chavez’s funeral

CARACAS (Reuters) – At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez’s funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating millions of mostly poor supporters who loved him for putting the country’s vast oil wealth at their service, but giving hope to opponents who denounced him as a dictator.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro: from bus driver to Chavez’s successor

CARACAS (Reuters) – Former bus driver and union leader Nicolas Maduro followed a simple strategy when he filled in for cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the past three months: copy his boss’s policies, his style and even his fierce rhetoric.

Now that Chavez is dead, Maduro will almost certainly stick with the same approach as he tries to win a presidential election and inherit Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuelans mourn Chavez as focus turns to election

CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez’s death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that
his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled
socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.

The 58-year-old died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with
cancer that was first detected in his pelvis. He had suffered
multiple complications following his latest operation on Dec. 11
and had not been seen in public since then.

Mar 6, 2013

Obituary: Hugo Chavez – socialist showman who transformed Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – At two defining moments of his rule, Venezuela’s theatrical leader Hugo Chavez took a small silver crucifix from his pocket and held it above his head.

Both marked a quasi-religious “return” for the socialist ex-soldier whom supporters loved with messianic fervor – first from a 2002 coup that saw him jailed on a tiny Caribbean island, and then from cancer surgery in Cuba in June 2011.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuelans mourn Chavez as focus turns to funeral, then election

CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) – Venezuelans mourned the death
of Hugo Chavez and prepared on Wednesday for his body to lie in
state as attention turns to a new election to succeed the
socialist leader after 14 years of tumultuous and divisive rule.

The 58-year-old president died on Tuesday after a two-year
battle with cancer that was first detected in his pelvis. He had
suffered multiple complications following his latest operation
on Dec. 11 and had not been seen in public since then.

Mar 5, 2013

Hugo Chavez: socialist showman who transformed Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – At two defining moments of his rule, Venezuela’s theatrical leader Hugo Chavez took a small silver crucifix from his pocket and held it above his head.

Both marked a quasi-religious “return” for the socialist ex-soldier whom supporters loved with messianic fervor – first from a 2002 coup that saw him jailed on a tiny Caribbean island, and then from cancer surgery in Cuba in June 2011.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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