February 15, 2009 |
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 |
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.
December 9, 2012 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
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 |
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.
October 21, 2002 |
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 |
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.
June 6, 2008
After Venezuelans rejected Hugo Chavez's attempt to amend the constitution and install himself as president in perpetuity, he vowed nonetheless to concentrate power in his hands. And he has, in predictably socialist ways. On a nationalizing spree, the government is swallowing up telecommunications and electricity industries, energy and steel. Chavez's latest move, however, has nothing to do with the redistribution of wealth and everything to do with one man's paranoia.
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.
December 2, 2007 |
On Dec. 2, 1851, President Louis Napoleon Bonaparte dissolved the French National Assembly and asked the people of France to make him their sole ruler. Unsatisfied with the new presidential powers granted by his citizens, he called for still more power in another plebiscite a year later, and the French made him Emperor Napoleon III.