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I feel -- moment -- -- Hugo Rafael shot his free -- Venezuelan president and political quote the United States is dead after losing a battle with cancer.
The socialist leader underwent a -- treatment in Cuba for an undisclosed form of cancer.
Having at least three operations including one to remove a tumor he described as the size of a baseball from his abdomen.
-- frequent absences from public view led to widespread rumors about his health.
And stood in marked contrast to his usual style of appearing on television for hours at a time.
Speaking reading and occasionally singing.
-- -- Q school teachers Travis was born in 1954.
In rural Venezuela.
He grew up with hopes of becoming a professional baseball player.
Instead he entered the military rising to the rank of colonel and engineering a failed coup attempt in 1992.
Chavez was -- but soon released and ran unsuccessfully for president in 1998.
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Backed largely by Venezuela's poor he promised to spread the wealth from the nation's oil reserves his role models were Fidel Castro and from history seem -- believe our.
Who -- idolize -- the cult of personality.
Even renaming the country as the full bar in Republic of Venezuela.
Chavez introduced a new constitution and attempt to consolidate power.
Radical moves led to street protests and that -- him which briefly removed him from office.
Two days later he was returned to power with that bitter hatred for the US government.
Whom he'd blame for the -- accent when they asked slew footed by an -- you refer to the US says the evil empire.
And famously branded US president George W.
Bush as the devil during an address the United Nations.
And he warned his countryman frequently of an impending US invasion of Venezuela.
-- -- -- -- -- The erratic behavior was increasingly criticized as found life.
But Chavez won't win reelection twice relying on high oil prices to fund.
Why drinking ambitions at home and he helped.
As a global counterweight the US influence in a nation of thirty million it was one man Hugo Chavez.
Who controlled the presidency the parliament that -- judiciary and the media.
Shutting down any television or radio stations which were critical of his rule.
And forging ahead with increased government control over the private sector.
Nationalize it became a catch phrase Chavis would say -- front of the cameras I'm pointing to a business or building they would suddenly by virtue of his to -- -- under state control.
Travis continued to -- strong support for Venezuela's poor despite increasing street violence.
And one of the highest inflation rates in the world.
There are winning good health he was a constant presence on state controlled television.
Heating hours long speeches which by law had to be carried on every channel.
His absence creates a vacuum of power which both supporters and opponents will no doubt try to claim.
The big question is with divisions between the two sides so bitter weather any transition and -- achieved peacefully.
Hugo Chavez in Venezuela's 26 president accord dead from cancer and I like the -- Steve Harrigan Fox News.
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