President Hugo Chavez
Born into a working-class family, Hugo Chavez was a military officer who became dissatisfied with the Venezuelan political system. He worked to overthrow it in the early 1980s and eventually led an unsuccessful coup against the government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned. Getting out of prison after two years, he founded a social democratic political party and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He was re-elected in 2000. In 2012, Chavez won his country's presidential election for a third time and was elected for another six-year term. Chavez died on Tuesday, March 5, after a long battle with cancer, according to Venezuela's vice president.
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Sea of red
The coffin of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas after leaving the military hospital where he died of cancer.