Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez dies at 58
2013 03 06
Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chavez died after a lengthy struggle with cancer on Tuesday, throwing the already divided country into a state of uncertainty.
Vice-President Nicolas Maduro broke the news on national television. Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time, Maduro said, though the exact cause of death was not released.
With tears running down his face, Maduro called on Venezuelans to be "dignified inheritors of the giant man" Chavez was.
Chavez, who was one of Latin America’s highest-profile leaders since he swept into office in 1998, had been struggling with cancer for almost two years and had recently undergone surgery in Cuba.
Chavez’s condition had worsened in recent weeks and the leader had been completely out of the public eye. This week, he contracted a "severe infection," Venezuela’s Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said.
Chavez won re-election in October 2012, defeating Henrique Capriles in a bitter campaign. Capriles attacked Chavez’s government for issues including rampant violent crime and corruption, winning about 45 per cent of the popular vote in the process.
Maduro, a loyal spokesman for Chavez, is set to lead Venezuela. The opposition, however, is expected to contest Maduro in a snap election that it argues should have been called after Chavez was unable to be sworn in on Jan. 10 as the constitution stipulates.
Shortly after his re-election, Chavez flew to Cuba for cancer treatment. It was his second major bout with the disease.
The Venezuelan government released a "proof of life" photo of Chavez in a Cuban hospital bed, smiling, with his daughters at his side, but the status of his recovery remained unclear. Chavez returned to Venezuela in February, but remained hidden from public view.
The government said Chavez was undergoing "chemotherapy of strong impact."
Chavez — a close friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — was known as an antagonist to the American government, though former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien remembered him fondly on CBC-TV’s Power and Politics.
"He was a very colourful politician who had very different policies than many of us, but I had the privilege to meet him many times," Chrétien said.
"He did his best, even if we did not agree many times on the issues."
Read the full article at: cbc.ca
Venezuela VP Maduro prepares to lead after Chavez death
Hours after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death, Venezuelans and politicians are wondering how the nation will choose Chavez’s successor, as Vice-President Nicolas Maduro [right] has been named the nation’s interim president — contrary to the constitution.
Maduro announced Chavez’s death Tuesday afternoon on national television. Chavez had been undergoing treatment for an unspecified pelvic-area cancer, but the cause of his death was not released.
Venezuela has declared seven days of mourning, suspending school for the week. Chavez’s funeral will be held on Friday in the nation’s capital, but no date or place has been announced for his burial.
Chavez’s body will be moved Wednesday from the hospital to the military academy where it will lie in state, said freelance reporter Girish Gupta from Caracas. The streets of Caracas, which have been filled with mourners since the death annoucement, are expected to swell in numbers during the procession.
Venezuela’s constitution mandates an election be called within 30 days, but it is currently unclear when an election will be held.
The constitution specifies that the speaker of the National Assembly, currently Diosdado Cabello, should assume the interim presidency if a president can’t be sworn in. But Maduro — who will be the governing socialists’ candidate in the upcoming election after being named Chavez’s successor by the late president — is filling the post instead.
"The lines are really kind of blurry right here," freelance reporter Andrew Rosati told CBC News from Caracas. He said constitutional discrepancies have been present ever since Chavez was unable to attend his inauguration ceremony Jan. 10.
When Chavez’s health didn’t allow him to attend, lawmakers indefinitely delayed his swearing-in, prompting the opposition to question the constitutional validity of that decision.
Chavez instructed Venezuelans to vote for Maduro in a worst-case scenario, said Rosati. With Chavez’s most recent approval ratings being around 60 per cent, he said, "all signs are looking to a continuation of his legacy.”
P.J. Crowley, a former assistant secretary of state under Hillary Clinton, told CBC News it will be interesting to see whether Venezuela will follow its constitution.
"Will it be a free and fair election?" he said.
Read the full article at: cbc.ca
Venezuela prison riot kills 61, government mum
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s Cancer Battle (Photos)
Chavez says Venezuela jets intercepted U.S. plane
Chavez accuses U.S. of sending spy plane into Venezuela’s airspace
Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites “danger to health”
Sweden Demands Answers on FARC Arms - Venezuela Still Aids FARC
Chavez: Obama Should Govern His Own Country and not Invade Others
Chavez says his country would not recognize any ruling by a World Bank tribunal
Chavez Critical? "Regime change flu coming to Latin America" (Video)
Chavez: US is preparing an invasion of Libya to seize control of its oil reserves
Chavez: US weapon test caused Haiti earthquake (Video)
Latest News from our Front Page
Extremists to have Facebook and Twitter vetted by anti-terror police
2014 09 30
Theresa May to announce new Extremist Disruption Orders to strengthen counter-terrorism if the Tories win the next general election
Extremists will have to get posts on Facebook and Twitter approved in advance by the police under sweeping rules planned by the Conservatives.
They will also be barred from speaking at public events if they represent a threat to “the functioning of democracy”, ...
Scottish Independence: Protesters demand revote
2014 09 30
Pro-independence campaigners gathered outside the Scottish Parliament for the second day in a row, this time to demand a revote of the September 18 referendum.
While yesterday’s “Rally For A Revote” saw the return of Saltires and Yes banners to Holyrood, it did not match the turnout for the “Voice Of The People” rally held on Saturday, when up 3000 people ...
Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500
2014 09 29
Millions of Californians are about to be hit with strict water rationing -- daily "allocation" numbers that represent the maximum amount of water you’re allowed to use for any purpose. Households that exceed the allocation limit will face stiff fines of hundreds of dollars per violation.
"In July, the State Water Resources Control Board passed stage one emergency regulations, giving powers ...
Much of Earth’s Water is Older than the Sun
2014 09 29
Much of the water on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system likely predates the birth of the sun, a new study reports.
The finding suggests that water is commonly incorporated into newly forming planets throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, researchers said — good news for anyone hoping that Earth isn’t the only world to host life.
“The implications of ...
Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?
2014 09 29
A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse.
This illustration shows the stereotype of Viking marauders wreaking mayhem, even on clergy. The scene depicts the monastery at Clonmacnoise, Ireland.
The Vikings gave no quarter when they stormed the city of Nantes, in what is now western France, in June 843—not even to the monks barricaded in the ...
|More News » |