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Has the myth of Chavez been broken?

CARACAS — Some Venezuelans woke up Monday jubilant, and perhaps a little hungover, after news of President Hugo Chavez’s re-election. Others were left questioning whether or not they should flee the country. “I’m not happy,” said Maria Gomez, an elderly woman waiting for the bank to open in a wealthier area of Caracas. “I really thought the better candidate would win. We’re dead as a country.” 

Venezuela: This gritty, clandestine video could ensure Chavez's re-election

CARACAS — The quality is terrible, even by hidden camera standards. The voices are barely audible and at least one face is completely obscured. What can be seen, however, in a video lawmakers here released Thursday, is a wad of cash changing hands to a then-top aide to Venezuela’s opposition candidate — the best hope they have had yet to topple President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela: Chavez and Capriles commence battle for presidency

MARIARA, Venezuela — Last Sunday’s official campaign kick-off was more a symbolic waypoint than any significant transition in operations. The real campaigning has effectively been running on for months — arguably years, for Chavez.

Chavez swears in controversial defense minister

Alleged friend of FARC sworn in as head of military
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walks during the military inauguration ceremony of his new Defense Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva (not in frame) on January 17, 2012 in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A military General accused by the United States of aiding drug trafficking and pushing for co-operation between the Venezuelan government and Colombian left-wing rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was yesterday sworn in by President Hugo Chavez as the country’s defense minister.
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