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August 28, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
In a chaotic confrontation, Venezuelan lawmakers broke through crowds of protesters in Caracas and climbed over the fence of the capitol building, defying a constitutional assembly's order that virtually shut down Congress. Police and guardsmen fired tear gas and water cannons to control the melee between hundreds of supporters and opponents of President Hugo Chavez. About 30 people were injured.
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August 15, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon
BOGOTA, Colombia - Capital flight, political instability and misguided attempts to rein in double-digit inflation are being blamed for the weakening of Venezuela's currency on the black market, where it has fallen more than 75% against the U.S. dollar since April. The sharp drop in the value of the bolivar has occurred as economic problems grow more acute for President Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, and political divisions between Chavistas and the opposition become wider and more violent.
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NEWS
December 4, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Venezuelans follow the lead of President Hugo Chavez in an upcoming referendum, their country will have a new constitution full of the grand ambition, ideological passion and nagging ambiguity that have characterized the year-old Chavez government. The debate leading up to the Dec. 15 vote on the new Magna Carta drawn up by a Chavez-dominated Constitutional Assembly inspires hope and fear.
WORLD
July 19, 2006 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Wherever politician Leopoldo Lopez goes these days, a crime wave seems to follow. He's been shot at several times, thrown to the ground and spit on. In February, armed thugs invaded a university auditorium where he was speaking and held him hostage for six hours. In March, one of his bodyguards was killed -- shot six times as he sat in the passenger seat normally occupied by Lopez.
NEWS
September 10, 1999 | Associated Press
A standoff between Congress and the powerful Constitutional Assembly that saw lawmakers clawing over a fence trying to retake their chambers ended Thursday with a deal that restores Congress' powers. In an accord mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, the assembly agreed to reverse an order that virtually shut down Congress last month. Congress will be allowed to resume its normal activities Oct. 2.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuela was plunged into further political turmoil as a constituent assembly dominated by supporters of President Hugo Chavez debated whether to strip the opposition-led Congress of its few residual powers and assume total control of legislative affairs. The 131-member assembly took up the matter in an emergency session five days after the recently installed body issued a decree that banned Congress from passing new laws and severely limited its other legislative functions.
NEWS
December 12, 1992 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Historia bookstore is sold out. The four branches of the World Book Store can't keep it on the shelves. It's the same all over town. Volume III of "The Dictionary of Corruption in Venezuela" is a bestseller. The editors of the three thick paperbacks list only those cases that reached some official level of investigation between 1959 and 1989, a total of more than 300 incidents. Left out are the many others reported in the media and whispered about in the halls of the National Assembly.
NEWS
February 3, 1994 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Caldera took the oath of office Wednesday as modern Venezuela's eighth president, promising a government of austerity and integrity and proposing sweeping economic reforms to overcome "the gravest and most complicated crisis of the last 20 years."
NEWS
August 31, 1999 | From Associated Press
Supporters of President Hugo Chavez stripped Congress of its last remaining powers Monday, in effect shutting down the nation's legislature. A constitutional assembly, which had already sharply limited Congress' duties last week, voted to usurp its few remaining powers, including the right to approve presidential trips abroad and budget outlays. Opposition lawmakers said the vote was a move by Chavez, the leader of a 1992 failed coup attempt, to amass political power.
NEWS
April 22, 2002 | HECTOR TOBAR and PATRICK J. McDONNELL and PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The president bade farewell to his honor guard, young men armed with semiautomatic rifles who wept because Hugo Chavez was leaving, seemingly forever. The soldiers wanted to fight, to turn the Miraflores palace into a bunker against their enemies, but the president wouldn't let them. "Your lives are just beginning," Chavez said, according to his later account. At that moment on the night of April 11, it appeared that Chavez's three-year reign as Venezuela's strongman president was over.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
Venezuelans overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday a constitution that eliminates the Senate and vastly increases the power of President Hugo Chavez, allowing him to stay in office for up to 13 years, according to early results. With more than 80% of the ballots counted, 71% of voters were in favor of the new charter and 29% opposed. Street celebrations immediately broke out when the initial results were announced by the National Electoral Council.
NEWS
December 4, 1999 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Venezuelans follow the lead of President Hugo Chavez in an upcoming referendum, their country will have a new constitution full of the grand ambition, ideological passion and nagging ambiguity that have characterized the year-old Chavez government. The debate leading up to the Dec. 15 vote on the new Magna Carta drawn up by a Chavez-dominated Constitutional Assembly inspires hope and fear.
NEWS
September 10, 1999 | Associated Press
A standoff between Congress and the powerful Constitutional Assembly that saw lawmakers clawing over a fence trying to retake their chambers ended Thursday with a deal that restores Congress' powers. In an accord mediated by the Roman Catholic Church, the assembly agreed to reverse an order that virtually shut down Congress last month. Congress will be allowed to resume its normal activities Oct. 2.
NEWS
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
December 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
Venezuelans overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday a constitution that eliminates the Senate and vastly increases the power of President Hugo Chavez, allowing him to stay in office for up to 13 years, according to early results. With more than 80% of the ballots counted, 71% of voters were in favor of the new charter and 29% opposed. Street celebrations immediately broke out when the initial results were announced by the National Electoral Council.
NEWS
December 6, 1998 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gen. Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan national hero and liberator of South America, once lamented that the nations of the continent were "condemned to oscillate between anarchy and tyranny." Venezuela has fought off tyranny for 40 years, clinging to a boisterous democracy while its neighbors suffered under dictatorships. Yet today, Venezuela has come close to anarchy. Its oil-dependent economy is in shambles. The credibility of political parties has crumbled.
NEWS
August 31, 1999 | From Associated Press
Supporters of President Hugo Chavez stripped Congress of its last remaining powers Monday, in effect shutting down the nation's legislature. A constitutional assembly, which had already sharply limited Congress' duties last week, voted to usurp its few remaining powers, including the right to approve presidential trips abroad and budget outlays. Opposition lawmakers said the vote was a move by Chavez, the leader of a 1992 failed coup attempt, to amass political power.
NEWS
August 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuela was plunged into further political turmoil as a constituent assembly dominated by supporters of President Hugo Chavez debated whether to strip the opposition-led Congress of its few residual powers and assume total control of legislative affairs. The 131-member assembly took up the matter in an emergency session five days after the recently installed body issued a decree that banned Congress from passing new laws and severely limited its other legislative functions.
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