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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.

Mar 5, 2013

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after his battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s extraordinary 14-year rule of the OPEC nation.

Here are some key facts about Chavez:

* Born to a poor family in Venezuela’s plains, or “llanos,” on July 28, 1954, Chavez once aspired to be a painter and then a professional baseball player in the U.S. Major Leagues.

Mar 5, 2013

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dead from cancer

CARACAS, March 5 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending
the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American
country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised
speech on Tuesday.

The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four
operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his
pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on Dec. 11 and
he had not been seen in public since.

Mar 5, 2013

Factbox: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday after his battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s extraordinary 14-year rule of the OPEC nation.

Here are some key facts about Chavez:

* Born to a poor family in Venezuela’s plains, or “llanos,” on July 28, 1954, Chavez once aspired to be a painter and then a professional baseball player in the U.S. Major Leagues.

Mar 5, 2013

Chavez’s breathing problems worsen, has severe new infection

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s breathing problems have worsened and he is suffering from a “severe” new respiratory infection as he struggles to recover from cancer surgery, the government said in a somber update on Monday.

The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public nor heard from in almost three months since undergoing surgery in Cuba. It was his fourth operation since the disease was detected in mid-2011.

Mar 1, 2013

Venezuela rejects ‘absurd’ rumors over Chavez death

CARACAS, March 1 (Reuters) – Senior aides and relatives of
Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez countered on Friday a crescendo of
rumors that the socialist president may be dead from cancer,
saying he was still battling for his life.

“There he is, continuing his fight, his battle, and we are
sure of victory!” his older brother Adan Chavez, the governor of
Barinas state, told cheering supporters.

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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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