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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.

Feb 27, 2013

California couple feared missing in Peru turn up on safe on river boat

LIMA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A young California couple feared by
family to have been abducted while on a cycling trip through
Peru have safely surfaced on a river boat headed for Ecuador,
surprised to learn they were subjects of an international
search, the Peruvian government said on Tuesday.

“The American tourists are continuing to enjoy their trip in
the Peruvian Amazon,” the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism
said in a statement, adding that a national police official had
spoken with the couple and found them to be “in good health.”

Feb 25, 2013

Murdered journalist and rising crime unnerve Peru

LIMA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The brazen killing of a journalist
in broad daylight and a deadly robbery in Peru’s financial
district prompted President Ollanta Humala to put 1,000 more
police on the streets of the capital on Monday, to tackle a
rising sense of public insecurity.

Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza rushed to reassign
officers from desk jobs and put them in patrol cars as outraged
citizens demanded swift action after Luis Choy, a prominent
photojournalist for El Comercio, Peru’s main newspaper, was
gunned down in front of his house in a middle-class district of
Lima on Saturday afternoon.

Feb 20, 2013

Peru’s dynamic first lady has presidential aura

LIMA (Reuters) – Humble crowds adore her populist gestures. Fans and critics alike call her the co-president. Her husband, a rebellious army officer turned moderate leader, says people who think his wife is too influential are sexist.

Peru’s first lady, Nadine Heredia, is a potent political force. A telegenic 36-year-old mother of three who started the Nationalist Party along with President Ollanta Humala, she weighs in on a range of policy issues behind the scenes and, in public, often serves as the government’s messenger.

Nov 2, 2012

Peru court plans to clean up billions in land bonds

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s constitutional court plans to require the government to finally honor land reform bonds it issued 40 years ago but in most cases never paid, a ruling that could be worth billions of dollars to bondholders in Peru and abroad.

The court’s president, Ernesto Alvarez, said the ruling will probably come out “in the next three months” and would aim to clear up a bitter chapter in Peruvian history.

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