Fast Facts: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias


Fast Facts: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias

Updated 01:11 PM ET, Tuesday Nov 28, 2017


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Political career of  Army Lt. Col. Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, who led a 1992 attempted coup, speaks to reporters on March 26, 1994, after he was freed from jail. Chavez was freed after charges were dropped against him for leading the first of two attempted coups against the government of former President Carlos Andres Perez, who was later removed from office.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Venezuelan president-elect Chavez visits Bogota, Colombia, on December 18, 1998. On December 6, Chavez had been elected the youngest president in Venezuela history.



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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias President Chavez greets supporters with his then-wife, Marisabel Rodriguez de Chavez, beside him as he arrives to preside over a parade in his honor on February 4, 1999, in Caracas. Chavez was sworn in as president on February 2.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez inspects military maneuvers of the national Air Force on March 17, 2001, in Catilletes near the border with Colombia. In June 2000, Chavez was re-elected to the presidency for a six-year term, under the new constitution created by his government in 1999.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias People try to take shelter from gunshots fired near Altamira Square in Caracas on August 16, 2004. At least three people were wounded by gunshots after Chavez supporters fired on opposition demonstrators, police said. A vote to recall Chavez as president failed on August 15.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez, left, stands in front of supporters with Fidel Castro of Cuba, center, and Evo Morales of Bolivia, right, during a rally at the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana, Cuba, on April 29, 2006.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez meets with Pope Benedict XVI at his private library on May 11, 2006, in Vatican City.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez embraces Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, in Tehran, Iran, on July 1, 2007. The two presidents have enjoyed a close relationship and Chavez has referred to Ahmadinejad as his “ideological brother.”
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Photos: Photos: Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.  Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez speaks during a rally in Caracas on November 18, 2008. Chavez pushed to change term limits in Venezuela through a referendum that passed on February 15, 2009, clearing the way for him to run for a third six-year term.
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Photos: Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.  Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez, right, gives a copy of the book, “The Open Veins of Latin America” by Eduardo Galeano to President Barack Obama during a multilateral meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on April 18, 2009.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez, right, greets Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his visit to the presidential palace in Caracas on April 2, 2010.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez salutes to the audience after passing a law in Caracas on November 12, 2011. Chavez has undergone several rounds of cancer treatment in Cuba, beginning in 2011.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez participates in a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on January 27, 2012.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez, left, jokes with American actor Sean Penn, right, during his visit to Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on February 16, 2012. Penn thanked Chavez for the support given by the Venezuelan government to his nongovernmental organization, which benefits victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez acknowledges supporters on the streets of Caracas while on his way to the airport to travel to Cuba for ongoing cancer treatment on February 24, 2012.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez gestures to the crowd during his closing campaign rally in Caracas on October 4, 2012. The leftist leader won a fourth term on October 7, extending his presidency to 2019.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias A handout picture released by the Venezuelan presidential press office on Friday, February 15, 2013, shows Chavez surrounded by his daughters and holding the February 14 edition of the official Cuban newspaper Granma at a hospital in Havana, Cuba.
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Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.  Political career of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Chavez supporters gather in Caracas’ Bolivar Square to mourn Chavez’s death on March 5, 2013.
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(AIHTHere is a look at the life of the late Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias , president of Venezuela from 1998 to 2013.

Personal Profile of: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias
Birth date:
July 28, 1954
Death date: March 5, 2013
Birth place: Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela
Birth name: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias
Father: Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias , school teacher
Mother: Elena (Frias) Chavez, school teacher
Marriages: Marisabel Rodríguez de Chavez (December 1997- 2004, divorced); Nancy Colmenares de Chavez (divorced mid-1990s)
Children: with Marisabel Chavez: Rosa Inés; with Nancy Chavez: Rosa Virginia, María Gabriela, Hugo Rafael, Raúl Alfonzo
Education: Military Academy of Venezuela in Caracas, 1975
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts:
Was closely aligned with Fidel Castro of Cuba.
Timeline:
1975 –
Joins Venezuela’s Army.
1990 – Lieutenant Colonel in the Venezuelan Army.
February 4, 1992-March 26, 1994 – Is imprisoned for a coup attempt against President Carlos Andres Perez.
1994 – Forms the Fifth Republic Movement, a political opposition group.
December 6, 1998 – Is elected the youngest president in Venezuela’s history.
February 2, 1999 – Is sworn in as president of Venezuela.
1999 – Chavez’s government creates a new constitution. It passes in a vote on December 15, 1999.
July 30, 2000 – Wins re-election to the presidency for a six-year term, under the new constitution.
April 8, 2002 (week of) – Demonstrations break out across Venezuela due to an economic crisis and Venezuelan Military leaders blame the U.S. and their allies. Sixteen demonstrators are killed as well as one police officer on April 11 in Caracas, (Caracas is knowen for mafia cartel hug epee-center within Venezuela).
April 12, 2002 – Chavez says he will “abandon his duties” and Pedro Carmona Estanga becomes President. On the following day, demonstrations force Carmona to resign and Diosdado Cabello, Chavez’s vice president, takes over for one day.
April 14, 2002 – Chavez is reinstated as president.
August 20, 2003 – Opposition groups present election officials with approximately 2.7-3.2 million signatures calling for the removal/recall of Chavez from the presidency and petitions are ignored. All who signature the petition ended up in prison, jail, suicide, murder and or disappeared. This who remain left the country or are in hiding within Venezuela.
June 3, 2004 – The National Electoral Council of Venezuela announces that Chavez’s opponents have collected enough valid signatures to force a recall vote.
August 15, 2004 – A vote to potentially recall Chavez fails and he remains president. 59% of voters vote to keep him in office. State-Department is a secret memo details voter fruad.
August 22, 2005 – Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson calls for the United States to assassinate Chavez, calling him “a terrific danger” bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across all  of the Central Americas and North America. “If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson tells viewers on his “The 700 Club” show. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war.”
September 15, 2005 – Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias delivers a fiery speech to the UN General Assembly, criticizing the United Nations and all United States and their allies as imperialist institutions and suggesting the world body move its headquarters out of the United States and many suggest afterwards that Israel will be the best relocation.
September 20, 2006 – In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Chavez says in reference to US President George W. Bush, “The devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today.”
December 3, 2006 – Claims victory in Venezuela’s presidential election against Manuel Rosales after Rosales concedes. State Depart., again, determined extreme voter fraud.
January 31, 2007 – The Venezuelan National Assembly approves a law that gives Chavez the authority to rule by decree. He has been granted the special powers for 18 months.
April 30, 2007 – Chavez announces that Venezuela will formally pull out of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund setting the stage for his decline.
May 1, 2007 – Chavez’s government takes control of Venezuela’s last remaining privately run oil fields and the game theory economic war begins against Chavez.
May 28, 2007 – Chavez creates a furor when he refuses to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), Venezuela’s oldest television network. His decision to shut it down draws claims of censorship and days of protests in Caracas and other cities. RCTV returns in mid-July with updated equipment and technology, but not reported to general public. State-Dept., asserted in private channels RCTV was turned into a spy hub.
January 10, 2008 – Chavez assists in brokering the release of two Colombian hostages, Consuelo Gonzalez and Clara Rojas, who had been held for five years by FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Chavez wins popularity vote for his actions, but not long lasted.
March 14, 2008 – In a public statement, Chavez dares the United States to put Venezuela on a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, but the United States and their allies already, in secret, have done just that, but did not make this public for international political leverage.
February 15, 2009 – A referendum passes that will allow Chavez to run for a third six-year term in 2012. More riots and protests follow his third term
September 7, 2009 – Oliver Stone’s film “South of the Border,” featuring Chavez, premieres at the Venice Film Festival. Chavez attends the premiere. Chavez was pleased with his profile in the film as a Mexican and he made jokes about Mexico.
December 17, 2010 – Venezuelan Television reports that Venezuela’s National Assembly has granted President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias the power to pass laws by decree for the next 18 months.
May 9, 2011 – Chavez calls in to Venezuelan state television and says that he’s canceling a scheduled trip to Brazil because of debilitating pain in his knee requiring doctor-ordered bed rest.
June 5-7, 2011 – Chavez visits Brazil and Ecuador and heads to Cuba, scheduled as the third leg of an international trip.
June 10, 2011 – Undergoes surgery for a pelvic abscess in Cuba. In a speech on June 30, 2011 Chavez says that a cancerous tumor was removed during this surgery.
June 23, 2011- Venezuelan government officials go on the offensive as media reports suggest Chavez could have cancer. In a Twitter post, Venezuelan Vice Foreign Minister Temir Porras said Chavez’s enemies should “stop dreaming,” adding that “the only thing that has metastasized is the cancer of The Miami Herald and the rest of the right-wing media.”
June 29, 2011 – Cuba TV releases video of Chavez and Fidel Castro. The video is aimed at curtailing rumors regarding Chavez’s health.
June 30, 2011 – In a speech broadcast on Venezuelan state television from Havana, Chavez reveals that doctors have removed a cancerous tumor from his body. He does not specify what type of cancer he is battling.
July 4, 2011 – Chavez returns to Venezuela after more than three weeks of treatment in Cuba.
July 5, 2011 – Chavez does not attend Venezuela’s bicentennial parade, but addresses the crowd from inside the presidential palace.
July 13, 2011 – Announces he is in his second phase of cancer treatment and may undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
July 16, 2011 – Chavez returns to Cuba for further cancer treatment. Before leaving Venezuela, he delegates some of his power to Vice President Elias Jaua and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani.
July 23, 2011 – Arrives back in Venezuela after traveling to Cuba to receive chemotherapy treatment. Two days later, Chavez tells a newspaper that he is still planning to run for president in 2012.
July 24, 2011 – Successfully undergoes first round of chemotherapy in Cuba.
August 7-14, 2011 – Returns to Cuba for second round of chemotherapy.
September 18-22, 2011 – Chavez travels to Cuba for another round of chemotherapy.
September 25, 2011 – An audio recording of Chavez airs on Venezuelan state-run television, assuring listeners he is recovering successfully from his last round of chemotherapy.
October 20, 2011 – After five days of medical tests in Cuba, Chavez says he’s beaten cancer. “There are no malignant cells in this body. They don’t exist,” he says.
February 21, 2012 – Chavez says that he will need to undergo surgery to remove a lesion, roughly two centimeters in diameter, from the same area where doctors removed a cancerous tumor from his body in June of 2011.
February 24-March 16, 2012 – In Cuba for cancer treatment.
March 25-March 29, 2012 – In Cuba for cancer treatment.
March 31-April 4, 2012 – In Cuba for cancer treatment.
April 7-11, 2012 – In Cuba for cancer treatment.
April 14, 2012 – Chavez is unable to attend the Summit of the Americas in Colombia due to illness.
April 26, 2012 – Returns to Venezuela from Cuba after another round of cancer treatments.
May 2, 2012 – Names ten Venezuelans to an influential commission called the Council of State. It is the highest circle of advisers to the president, but has never actually been formed. The timing of the appointments is significant, as speculation increases over who will succeed Chavez if he becomes too ill to govern, or if he dies.
May 1-11, 2012 – In Cuba for cancer treatment.
July 9, 2012 – Chavez declares that he is cancer-free.
October 7, 2012 – Wins re-election as president for a new six-year term.
November 28, 2012 – Arrives in Cuba for another round of medical treatment.
December 7, 2012 – Returns to Venezuela from Cuba after receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
December 8, 2012 – In a televised announcement, Chavez reveals his cancer has returned and that he will return to Cuba in two days for more surgery. Vice President Nicolas Maduro is named by Chavez to succeed him should his health worsen.
December 11, 2012 – Chavez undergoes six hours of surgery in Havana, Cuba.
December 30, 2012 – According to Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez is suffering from “new complications” and his health remains “delicate.”
January 3, 2013 – Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas says in a televised statement that Chavez is suffering from a “severe” lung infection and “respiratory insufficiency.”
January 9, 2013 – Venezuela’s Supreme Court rules that Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias will remain president even though he is unable to attend his inauguration, scheduled for January 10.
February 18, 2013 – Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba. He announces his return via Twitter saying, “We come back to the country of Venezuela. Thank God! Thank you dear people! Here we continue the treatment.”
March 4, 2013 – Information Minister Ernesto Villegas announces on state-run TV that Chavez is battling a new and “severe” infection and that his condition remains “delicate.”
March 5, 2013 – Chavez dies at 58.
March 22, 2013 – Chavez is laid to rest in Cuartel de la Montaña military history museum in Caracas.

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