Hugo Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years, building the country into the western hemisphere's sharpest critic of the United States. He nationalized businesses and governed with a populist bent. He died Tuesday in Caracas, age 58.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez hasn't been seen publicly since Dec. 10, when he left for Cuba and his fourth cancer surgery. Reports are he is gravely ill -- so much so that he missed his scheduled inauguration on Thursday, fueling a bit of a constitutional crisis.
The Venezuelan Supreme Court has decided to give ailing president Hugo Chavez as much time as he needs to recover. The BBC's Sarah Grainger in Caracas said it's not clear whether a new election will be scheduled in the near future.
In Caracas, Venezuela, there is growing concern for the health of President Hugo Chavez who is reportedly experiencing serious breathing difficulties in a hospital in Havana, Cuba, where he has been undergoing surgeries and treatment for cancer.
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez handily won re-election over the weekend. On the heels of his victory, in a speech to his supporters, he vowed the country would never return to "neo-liberal" economics and would instead deepen its embrace of socialism.
Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday. And incumbent president Hugo Chavez faces his most serious challenge in years. Chavez also faces a public that's increasingly disenchanted with his socialist revolution.
Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 12 years -- and he remains popular. But the outspoken leader of the South American country is facing the toughest challenge of his electoral career from Henrique Capriles, and it comes at a time when Chavez is battling cancer.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba for more cancer treatment. Meanwhile, his political challenger has been out on the campaign trail. Venezuela's fractured opposition has united behind Henrique Capriles Radonski.
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