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December 9, 2012 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez's announcement Saturday night that his cancer has returned and that he may not be able to serve a fourth term is likely to test his political legacy, Venezuela's Constitution and the opposition's unity. Chavez is due to be sworn in Jan. 10, but in a half-hour address to the nation Saturday night, he said that he would leave Sunday for Cuba to undergo his fourth surgery and treatment for pelvic cancer and that he might not be well enough to take the oath of office.
February 15, 2009 | Chris Kraul
With oil prices plummeting and homicide rates soaring, it might seem like an odd time for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to ask voters to scrap limits on how long he can stay in power. After all, they rejected a similar measure a little more than a year ago, when the petrodollars were pouring in. But Chavez learned from that defeat: He changed the proposal to cover all officials, not just the president.
January 15, 2007 | Alexandra Starr, ALEXANDRA STARR, a former Organization of American States fellow in Caracas, Venezuela, writes frequently about immigration and Latin America.
VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez, who was just sworn in for a third term, is acting like a supremely confident leader. On Monday, he declared the country's telecommunications and electricity utilities would be nationalized, to the astonishment of international investors. He has demanded -- and is likely to receive -- congressional authority to rule by decree for one year, which should facilitate his goal of installing "21st century socialism" in Venezuela.
March 6, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Her neighborhood on the outskirts of this capital city is a dangerous, gang-infested barrio where homes are often made of corrugated tin and other collected refuse. It is by no means the ideal place to raise a family. But Taina Carrillo, a 35-year-old homemaker, said the slum of Petare was even worse before Hugo Chavez took over Venezuela. "Now we have a three-story medical clinic in the middle of the barrio," said Carrillo, one of hundreds of thousands of mourners who packed Caracas on Wednesday, crying and chanting as the coffin containing their fallen leader was pulled through the streets.
January 5, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - The nerves of Venezuelans are sure to be tested in the coming week as the country seeks answers not only to the mystery of President Hugo Chavez's medical condition and prognosis but also to the debate over constitutional requirements should he be unable to take the oath of office Thursday to start a fourth term. On Saturday, Chavez confidant and former army comrade Diosdado Cabello was reelected as National Assembly president, a key position that would make him the leader in any process to call a new election to replace Chavez if the fiery socialist dies or is deemed "permanently incapacitated.
November 28, 2007
Pity the biographers of Hugo Chavez, who will have to figure out the answer to the baffling question of whether the Venezuelan president is a genius or a fool. Chavez's rise to power has demonstrated his brilliant instinct for rallying the country's disaffected poor, an instinct reflected in the constitutional referendum taking place Sunday.
October 21, 2002 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
Six months after being briefly ousted in a coup, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears to have strengthened his grip on power, purging dissident military officers and frustrating political opponents. His authority and Venezuela's stability will be tested today as the fractured opposition attempts to unify the country's workers in a nationwide strike that promises to be the biggest of its kind since April.
December 16, 2012 | By Charles Shapiro
When Venezuela President Hugo Chavez announced last weekend that his cancer was back and he was returning to Cuba for surgery, he was flanked by two men: On his left was his vice president, Nicolas Maduro, and on his right was Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly. The presence of these two men is significant. Chavez was sending an unambiguous message to his supporters. If his health were to prevent him from finishing out his term - or being sworn in Jan. 10 for his fourth term, as the information minister has said might be a possibility - these were men he trusted to continue his "Bolivarian Revolution.
January 10, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Hugo Chavez spoke, and investors smelled sulfur. Stocks fell sharply Tuesday in his own country and across Latin America as markets felt the effects of the Venezuelan president's nationalization plans for three key industries. On Monday, Chavez announced his intent to take control of businesses in telecommunications, electricity and oil that have sizable U.S. investments. The IBC index of the Caracas Stock Exchange plunged 18.7% on Tuesday.
February 3, 2003 | From Reuters
Hundreds of thousands of foes of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez signed petitions calling for early elections Sunday, even as the leftist leader declared victory over a two-month opposition strike and demanded punishment for its organizers. The nationwide petition drive was the latest challenge to the populist president of the oil-rich nation. One petition calls for a constitutional amendment reducing Chavez's term from six to four years, so that it would end in 2004.
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