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International Leaders Respond to Death of Venezuelan Leader Hugo Chavez: March 5, 2013

International Leaders Respond to Death of Venezuelan Leader Hugo Chavez: March 5, 2013

International leaders respond to death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez: March 5, 2013

On March 5, 2013, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez passed away following a long bout with cancer. A charismatic yet controversial figure who led Venezuela for fourteen years, Chavez left behind not only a complicated legacy marked by expanded social welfare programs and strengthened relationships with neighboring countries, but also economic instability, rising crime rates, internal division, and an increasingly tense relationship with the United States. Venezuela held a new presidential election in April, which pitted Chavez's hand-picked successor, Vice President Nicolás Maduro, against opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski. The results, giving Maduro a narrow victory, were contested by Capriles and ...

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