Venezuela’s government showed the first photos of President Hugo Chavez in more than two months, as pressure builds to obtain more information about the leader’s battle with cancer in a Cuban hospital.
Opponents of Hugo Chavez, after years of infighting and political setbacks, are banking on a fresh strategy to break the Venezuelan president’s 13-year grip on power: staging the nation’s first-ever presidential primary.
Antonio Ecarri, an opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez seeking a seat in the National Assembly, says he wouldn’t have campaigned in western Caracas five years ago for fear of being pelted by stones.
President Hugo Chavez greeted Venezuelans in a video this month reading from Friedrich Nietzsche on the attributes of a superman. The days when Chavez played that role himself with six-hour speeches and midnight meetings are gone for now, a casualty of cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who began his climb to power in a failed revolt two decades ago, is returning to his military roots and promoting fellow coup plotters to top posts to ensure the survival of his revolution.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is leading his opponent Henrique Capriles Radonski by 13 percentage points in a poll measuring support for the socialist leader’s re-election bid nearly six months before the vote, according to two people who have seen the unpublished poll by Datanalisis.