posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 04:14 PM
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's fiery and controversial socialist president who came to power on wave of popular sentiment and befriended some of the
world's most nefarious dictators, has died at the age of 58, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said today.
Chavev had been fighting cancer, recently seeking treatment at a clinic in Cuba.
A self-described champion of the poor who first tried to overturn Venezuela's powerful elites in a failed 1992 coup, Chavez was democratically elected
in 1999, with huge support from the country's poor.
During his time in office, he became one of Latin America's most well-known and polarizing figures. A constant thorn in the side of the United States,
he commanded headlines in newspapers around the world. A populist who suppressed free speech, he remained immensely popular among his country's
From the time he won election in 1999, Chavez held onto power through tightly controlling the media and through a series of populist elections and
referenda, including one that allowed him to seek a limitless number of terms.
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It appears that this time it is for real as now mainstream media is reporting on the news. Makes you wonder if the last ATS thread that was canned as
a hoax was "really" a hoax. At any rate, figured I would break the news to everyone. Regardless of how you think of the man, it will be interesting
to see where Venezuela goes from here.
edit on 5-3-2013 by Darkphoenix77 because: Added CNN