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February 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven years after trying to overthrow the government, former Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez was sworn in as Venezuela's president. The crowd erupted into cheers when Chavez broke with the pledge repeated by every president during 40 years of democracy. "I swear in front of my people that over this dying constitution I will push forward the democratic transformations that are necessary so that the new republic will have an adequate Magna Carta for the times," he said.
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December 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appointed Adina Bastidas as vice president, three days after the nation's congress chose departing Vice President Isaias Rodriguez as the new attorney general. Chavez made the announcement during his weekly radio program, "Hello President." Bastidas, a graduate of the Central University of Venezuela, worked the last year in Washington, D.C., as Venezuela's representative to the Interamerican Development Bank.
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July 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Venezuelans endorsed President Hugo Chavez's "peaceful revolution" Sunday by electing the charismatic populist to a six-year term and giving his party and its coalition partners a majority in the national legislature, according to preliminary election returns. After a day of voting marked by long lines but few other problems, Chavez held a decisive 59% to 37% lead over his former ally, Francisco Arias, with 77% of the ballots counted.
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August 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Less than one week after a new Congress opened, President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he may seek special powers that would allow him to sidestep the legislature on key issues. Chavez asserted at a news conference that Congress may be too bogged down with regulatory issues to attend to pressing problems such as unemployment, land reform and the tax system. He said he might ask the legislature to grant him a fast-track enabling law that would allow him to unilaterally push through his agenda.
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December 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appointed Adina Bastidas as vice president, three days after the nation's congress chose departing Vice President Isaias Rodriguez as the new attorney general. Chavez made the announcement during his weekly radio program, "Hello President." Bastidas, a graduate of the Central University of Venezuela, worked the last year in Washington, D.C., as Venezuela's representative to the Interamerican Development Bank.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Venezuela's Planning Minister Quits: The official in charge of long-term economic planning quit because of disputes with the government on how to rally Venezuela's foundering economy. Planning Minister Luis Carlos Palacios said he disagreed with government plans announced last week to impose price and exchange controls.
NEWS
March 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Carlos Andres Perez appointed several political opponents to his Cabinet in a major reshuffling designed to broaden his support and overcome a leadership crisis. The president, under pressure to resign since a failed Feb. 4 coup attempt, shuffled seven ministers as part of a promise to cobble together a unity government. The changes demonstrated Perez's willingness to dump even valued ministers for the sake of polishing the government's image.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1988
Congratulations to the House Ethics Committee on its decision to appoint a loyal Chicago Democrat (Richard J. Phelen) to act as independent counsel in the investigation of allegations against House Speaker Jim Wright (Part I, July 27). Sending the fox to guard the henhouse is the partisan thing to do. Why not just whitewash the "good ole boy" and save the taxpayers some money! DON CRANE Rancho Palos Verdes
NEWS
July 17, 1989
The brother-in-law of Venezuela's president was reported kidnaped in Colombia while another group released the nephew of Colombia's interior minister after 85 days in captivity, authorities said in Bogota. Authorities blamed the rebel National Liberation Army in the Friday night kidnaping of wealthy Venezuelan rancher Noberto Rodriguez, who was visiting a farm in northeastern Colombia.
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July 31, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Venezuelans endorsed President Hugo Chavez's "peaceful revolution" Sunday by electing the charismatic populist to a six-year term and giving his party and its coalition partners a majority in the national legislature, according to preliminary election returns. After a day of voting marked by long lines but few other problems, Chavez held a decisive 59% to 37% lead over his former ally, Francisco Arias, with 77% of the ballots counted.
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January 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Hugo Chavez named lawyer Isaias Rodriguez, who was second in command of the pro-government Constitutional Assembly, as Venezuela's vice president. The announcement in Caracas filled what Chavez described as a key post. Rodriguez, 57, will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the government and also coordinate the executive branch's ties with Parliament. The post was created by a constitution approved in a referendum last month.
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September 1, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The crowd at the hospital went wild when the president arrived. They broke through the phalanx of soldiers in red berets, calling his name, pushing letters at him, rushing him with such fervor that the first lady was shaken up in the crush and retreated to the motorcade. President Hugo Chavez--a boxily built ex-athlete sporting a blue suit and the easy smile of a working man among working people--kept going.
NEWS
February 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven years after trying to overthrow the government, former Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez was sworn in as Venezuela's president. The crowd erupted into cheers when Chavez broke with the pledge repeated by every president during 40 years of democracy. "I swear in front of my people that over this dying constitution I will push forward the democratic transformations that are necessary so that the new republic will have an adequate Magna Carta for the times," he said.
NEWS
September 20, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, impeached in 1993 and later convicted of corruption, completed his sentence of more than two years under house arrest and began laying the groundwork for a political comeback. Perez, 73, hopes to return to the Senate in 1998, but the state is still investigating his finances, and the party he helped found 55 years ago, Democratic Action, has kicked him out.
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May 31, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Carlos Andres Perez was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 28 months' house arrest. The sentence means that Perez, 73, who has already completed two years' house arrest in his luxury colonial home overlooking Caracas, the capital, should walk free in about four months.
NEWS
December 3, 1992 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Venezuela's democratic system remains in mortal danger, even though it survived two military coup attempts in less than a year, because the country's leaders may have learned the wrong lessons, diplomatic and key political sources say.
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October 13, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Two men were shot and killed by security forces Monday when their speeding truck raced toward a ceremony in a western town attended by President Carlos Andres Perez, government officials said. Perez was unhurt, but at least 11 people were injured in the incident, officials said. Television and radio reports said gunmen had fired at the president, but the chief government spokesman described the shooting incident as confusing and denied there had been an assassination attempt.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Venezuela's Planning Minister Quits: The official in charge of long-term economic planning quit because of disputes with the government on how to rally Venezuela's foundering economy. Planning Minister Luis Carlos Palacios said he disagreed with government plans announced last week to impose price and exchange controls.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that enough evidence exists to prosecute President Carlos Andres Perez on corruption charges and turned the matter over to Venezuela's Senate to determine if there should be a trial. The indictment was voted by nine members of the court with six abstentions. If tried and convicted, Perez could go to jail for six months to three years. He stands accused of the misallocation of $17 million in government funds.
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