Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro says President Hugo Chavez has died after a long battle with cancer. Ref. USAToday
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. He was 58.
Chavez announced he had cancer in 2011. He spent more than two months in treatment in Cuba recently, returning to Venezuela two weeks ago. Officials have not said what type of cancer he had.
Chavez has been Venezuela's president since 1998. His country's economy has been highly dependent on oil sales to the U.S., but he was an avowed critic of American capitalism.
On Tuesday, Venezuela accused the domestic and foreign enemies of Venezuela of attacking Chavez and expelled 2 U.S. Embassy officials who it said was seeking military support for a plot against the government. Ref. CNN
Chavez's body will be taken to a military academy in Caracas on Wednesday, where it will remain in state for three days, the foreign minister said. Chavez's state funeral will be held on Friday. Ref. CNN
Unprecedented Show of Support and Honor at the Historic Funeral of Hugo ChÃ¡vez:
Though much of the major media has ignored this international show of recognition for the government of Hugo ChÃ¡vez, these responses to his death are a clear affirmation of respect and acknowledgement for his legacy, from Latin America and around the world. Ref. Source 1
"They are afraid, the Empire is afraid. The Empire is afraid that the people of the United States might find out about the truth, they are afraid that something like that could erupt in their own territory -- a Bolivarian movement"
-- Hugo Chavez - formerPresident of Venezuela
Yes, it's coming to a head now. All the years of mismanagement, corruption, and poor investments. You can only play with other people's money for so long before you either have it all or they leave. That is the problem with rampant socialism. A touch of socialism shows caring, rampant socialism shows disdain.