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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died at 58 due to Cancer

Mar 6, 2013 10:06 IST

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on 5 March 2013 at a military hospital in Caracas at the age of 58 due to Cancer. He died after battling from cancer for two years during which he underwent several surgeries and chemotherapy in Cuba.

With his death his 14 year rule of Venezuela came to an end and bringing a challenge of electing a new President for the country within 30 days as per Constitution of Venezuela. Till then the Presidency will be assumed by the Vice-President of the country, Nicolas Maduro. The Foreign Minister of Venezuela Elias Jose Jaua Milano announced seven days mourning for the country.

Hugo Chavez

• Hugo Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 till his death in 2013
• He was the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela
• He was responsible for the promotion of the Bolivarian cause of social revolution and started the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in early 1980s
• He served the Venezuelan army as a officer before entering into politics and initiation the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200)
• He was a former leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007
• He led a coup attempt in 1992 and landed in jail for his act and was further he launched his political career
• Served as the President of Venezuela for three times

A coup attempt was made in Venezuela in April 2002 to overthrow Hugo Chavez from his office. During this coup attempt, Hugo was ousted from his office for 47 hours and further the situation was restored by the support of public that was seeking his government and the military loyalists.

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