Hugo Chávez


Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías is the current President of Venezuela, having held that position since 1999. He was formerly the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when he became the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).… Read More

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    Venezuela Faces Uncertain Future As ‘Failing State’ Enters Second Year Of Economic Crisis
    Huffington Post - about 7 hours ago
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    Huffington Post - 3 days ago
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    Wall Street Journal - 13 days ago
  • In Venezuela, Christmas Is A Luxury Few Can Afford
    Huffington Post - Dec 23, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hugo Chávez.


1954 Birth He was born on 28 July 1954 in his paternal grandmother Rosa Inéz Chávez's home, a modest three-room house located in the rural village Sabaneta, Barinas State. … Read More


1974 20 Years Old …  In 1974, he was selected to be a representative in the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ayacucho in Peru, the conflict in which Simon Bolívar's lieutenant, Antonio José de Sucre, defeated royalist forces during the Peruvian War of Independence. … Read More
1975 21 Years Old In 1975, Chávez graduated from the military academy as one of the top graduates of the year. … Read More
1977 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, Chávez's unit was transferred to Anzoátegui, where they were involved in battling the Red Flag Party, a Marxist–Hoxhaist insurgency group. … Read More
1981 27 Years Old In 1981, Chávez, by now a captain, was assigned to teach at the military academy where he had formerly trained. … Read More


1984 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 35 Years Old In 1989, centrist Carlos Andrés Pérez (1922–2010) was elected President, and though he had promised to oppose the United States government's Washington Consensus and the International Monetary Fund's policies, he opposed neither once he got into office, following instead neoliberal economic policies supported by the United States and the IMF, angering the public. … Read More
…  Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup d'état against the Democratic Action government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned.
1993 39 Years Old While Chávez and the other senior members of the MBR-200 were in prison, his relationship with Herma Marksman broke up in July 1993. In 1994, Rafael Caldera (1916–2009) of the centrist National Convergence Party and who had knowledge of the coup was elected president, and soon after freed Chávez and the other imprisoned MBR-200 members, though Caldera banned them from returning to the military. … Read More


1997 - 1998 4 More Events
Chávez's presidential inauguration took place 2 February 1999. … Read More
He was re-elected in 2000 and again in 2006 with over 60% of the votes.
2001 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The first organized protest against the Bolivarian government occurred in January 2001, when the Chávez administration tried to implement educational reforms through the proposed Resolution 259 and Decree 1.011, which would have seen the publication of textbooks with a heavy Bolivarian bias. … Read More
On 11 April 2002, during mass protests in Caracas against the Bolivarian government, twenty people were killed, and over 110 were wounded. … Read More


2004 - 2005 3 More Events
In May 2006, Chávez visited Europe in a private capacity, where he announced plans to supply cheap Venezuelan oil to poor working class communities in the continent. … Read More
…  In a 2009 speech to the national assembly, he said: "I am a Marxist to the same degree as the followers of the ideas of Jesus Christ and the liberator of America, Simon Bolivar." … Read More
Shortages of food then occurred throughout the rest of Chávez's presidency with food shortage rates between 10% and 20% from 2010 to 2013. … Read More
Suffering a return of the cancer originally diagnosed in June 2011, Chávez died in Caracas on 5 March 2013 at the age of 58. … Read More
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2012 there were 13,080 murders in Venezuela. … Read More
In order to ensure that his Bolivarian Revolution became socially engrained in Venezuela, Chávez discussed his wish to stand for re-election when his term ran out in 2013, and spoke of ruling beyond 2030. … Read More
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