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Apr 18, 2013

South America rushes to back Maduro as U.S. casts doubts on Venezuela vote

LIMA (Reuters) – South American leaders will make a collective show of support for Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro on Thursday in Lima, officials said, as the United States and his opponents call for a recount of the disputed vote.

Venezuela Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said he would attend the last-minute meeting of the regional group Unasur in Peru a day before Maduro’s swearing in on Friday.

Mar 12, 2013

After Chavez, Latin America’s ideological battle may ease

CARACAS (Reuters) – Hugo Chavez’s exit from the world stage may take the sting out of an ideological battle that has enveloped Latin America since a new batch of leftists started taking power about 15 years ago to challenge U.S. “imperialism”.

Fans say Chavez’s hyperkinetic energy is irreplaceable, and even before his death last Tuesday the appeal of his boisterous, hard line approach to economic and foreign policy had faded.

Mar 11, 2013

Analysis: After Chavez, Latin America’s ideological battle may ease

CARACAS (Reuters) – Hugo Chavez’s exit from the world stage may take the sting out of an ideological battle that has enveloped Latin America since a new batch of leftists started taking power about 15 years ago to challenge U.S. “imperialism”.

Fans say Chavez’s hyperkinetic energy is irreplaceable, and even before his death last Tuesday the appeal of his boisterous, hard line approach to economic and foreign policy had faded.

Mar 10, 2013

As Venezuelans mourn Chavez, election set for mid-April

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, officials said on Saturday, as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and win his own term in office.

Maduro, a physically imposing former union leader who served as foreign minister and vice president under Chavez, has vowed to keep Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution alive.

Mar 9, 2013

Chavez protege Maduro seeks snap election as Venezuela mourns

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans of all stripes called on Saturday for a quick presidential election as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and step into his shoes.

The country’s electoral commission was expected to set the election date later on Saturday. Opposition-leaning newspaper El Universal reported it could be held April 14 or before.

Mar 9, 2013

In slum of Chavez’s political birth, a tomb and baseball diamond

CARACAS (Reuters) – Slum dweller Juan Carlos Villamizar bid farewell to Hugo Chavez on Friday, crediting the late Venezuelan leader with saving his life in the same poor district where Chavez saw the birth of his own political rise.

A devoted servant of the socialist cadres in the “23 de enero” hillside community where Chavez launched a coup attempt in 1992, Villamizar credits an 11th hour intervention by the president’s office for putting him on a plane to Cuba for delicate surgery to fix a broken neck.

Mar 8, 2013

Venezuela’s Chavez to be embalmed for public view

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez will be embalmed and put on display “for eternity” at a military museum after a state funeral and an extended period of lying in state, acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.

Huge crowds are still waiting to pay their respects to Chavez after his death this week, and Maduro said the move – reminiscent of the treatment of Communist leaders Lenin, Stalin and Mao after their deaths – would help keep the late president’s self-declared socialist revolution alive.

Mar 7, 2013

At Chavez’s coffin, Venezuelans vow more revolution

CARACAS (Reuters) – Saluting, clenching fists and making the Catholic sign of the cross over his open casket, Venezuelans flocked on Thursday to see their deceased leader one last time and pledge that his socialist revolution will not die.

Tens of thousands of grieving supporters stood in lines that snaked around a grandiose military academy in an mass show of respect for Chavez, who died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Mar 7, 2013

Mourning Venezuelans parade Chavez’s coffin, prepare for vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Saluting, clenching fists and making the Catholic sign of the cross over his open casket, Venezuelans flocked on Thursday to see their deceased leader one last time and pledge that his socialist revolution will not die.

Tens of thousands of grieving supporters stood in lines that snaked around a grandiose military academy in an mass show of respect for Chavez, who died on Tuesday at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Mar 6, 2013

Venezuela’s Chavez exalted as ‘father’ and ‘martyr’ by followers

CARACAS, March 6 (Reuters) – Deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo
Chavez was hailed by weeping supporters on Wednesday as a
spiritual father figure who sacrificed his life for his country.

The 58-year-old socialist president succumbed to cancer on
Tuesday after 14 years in power that polarized a country with
vast oil reserves by sidelining traditional elites in favor of
millions mired in poverty.

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