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Hugo Chávez

Ceremonies and clashes mark first anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death

A fan of late president Hugo Chavez. Photo: Reuters

Venezuela marked the first anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 9:34pm

Venezuela to ease foreign exchange regime: source

President Nicolas Maduro claims private businessmen and capitalist “speculators” have been deliberately hoarding consumer products and sabotaging the economy to undermine his rule. Photo: Reuters

Venezuela will make its foreign currency system more flexible by reviving a stalled dollar auction scheme in July and after that allowing a revival of a free-floating secondary currency mechanism, a source in the government’s economic team said.

24 Jun 2013 - 10:25am

S&P downgrades Venezuela’s sovereign credit rating to B

President Nicolas Maduro has little room to reverse the main planks of his predecessor Hugo Chavez’s self-styled socialist revolution. Photo: AP

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Venezuela’s sovereign foreign currency credit rating by one notch on Monday, citing political turmoil as an impediment to enacting meaningful reforms in order to stop a slide in economic activity.

18 Jun 2013 - 10:25am

Magistrate Maria Lourdes Afiuni who cross Venezuela's Hugo Chavez freed

Maria Lourdes Afiuni leaves her Caracas home after being freed from house arrest. Photo: AFP

Venezuelan authorities freed a judge who was arrested in 2009 after then-president Hugo Chavez objected to one of her rulings. Her case became a cause célèbre for the opposition and international human rights groups.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Venezuela faces political volatility as opposition rejects Maduro's win

Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles face off against riot police in Caracas as they demonstrated for a recount of the votes in Sunday's election. Photo: Reuters

Venezuelans faced the prospect of extended political instability after Nicolas Maduro was proclaimed president-elect and opposition supporters started to march in the streets for a second day to demand a full recount of Sunday's election.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:33am

Deeply divided Venezuela goes to the polls to pick a new president

Members of a Venezuelan citizen militia in the capital Caracas commemorate the anniversary of a failed coup in 2002 against late president Hugo Chavez. Photo: AFP

A deeply divided Venezuela picked a new leader yesterday, with the rich calling for an end to the "Hugo Chavez nightmare" and the poor warning against the bourgeoisie returning to power.

Being poor is not a prerequisite for supporting the late Chavez's anointed heir, acting President Nicolas Maduro, and you do not have to be rich to support his rival, Henrique Capriles.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:16am

Venezuela polls open to decide Chavez successor

A woman walks past an electoral poster of Venezuela's Acting President and presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Photo: Xinhua

One month after Chavez died, supporters of acting President Maduro played military-style bugles to wake up people before dawn and later voters stood in lines, from the capital’s hillside slums to its wealthier districts.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:07pm

Maduro vows to complete Chavez's Venezuelan revolution

Supporters hold up placards of Nicolas Maduro, the man they want to succeed Hugo Chavez, during his closing rally in Caracas.Photo: AP

Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, tearfully vowed to complete Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution, while rival Henrique Capriles promised change at emotional rallies to wrap up their bitter campaign.

13 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Venezuelans burn effigies of both presidential candidates

Venezuela's two presidential candidates were burnt in effigy in an Easter tradition that replaces the biblical Judas Iscariot with disliked public figures.

In Caracas, supporters of interim President Nicolas Maduro - the hand-picked successor of late president Hugo Chavez - torched an effigy of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles on Sunday .

2 Apr 2013 - 3:11am

Hugo Chavez reign highlights the pitfalls of populism

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: Bloomberg

The death of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez last week after 14 years in power marks the end of an era. He leaves behind a legacy that politicians and members of the public, including those in China, would do well to reflect on.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer poisoning accusations

Venezuelan President on Duty Nicolas Maduro (right). Photo: EPA

Venezuela will set up a formal inquiry into claims that deceased President Hugo Chavez’s cancer was the result of poisoning by his enemies abroad, the government said.

Foes of the government view the accusation as a typical Chavez-style conspiracy theory intended to feed fears of “imperialist” threats to Venezuela’s socialist system and distract people from daily problems.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:04pm

Letters to the Editor, March 12, 2013

Hugo Chavez ostracised his opponents. Photo: Bloomberg

The Spanish Constitutional Court recently ordered the release of Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo who is wanted in Hong Kong for offences relating to the embezzlement of funds entrusted to him by clients as a former partner of accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:49pm 4 comments

Venezuela opposition chief Capriles enters race to succeed Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles. Photo: AP

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Sunday entered the race to succeed Hugo Chavez in the April 14 election, accusing the late Venezuelan leader’s chosen successor of using Chavez’s death for political ends.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Venezuela election to select Chavez successor set for mid-April

A man sells photos of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Simon Bolivar Square, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Xinhua

Opinion polls have shown Nicolas Maduro as the likely winner, but Chavez’s opponents said they wanted a chance to end “Chavismo” at the voting booth.

10 Mar 2013 - 11:54am 1 comment

How they see it

People place messages of condolences on a wall during a rally honouring late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: Reuters

Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez Frias introduced himself to Venezuela and the world in the most dramatic and tragic manner: a failed coup, including violence and death.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am