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Mourners lined up to view President Hugo Chavez's body lying in state at the Military Academy in Caracas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EFRAIN GIONZALEZ / EPA

A woman hold up a framed image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as she waits in line to see his body lying in state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press

A Belarussian military officer carries flowers while walking past larger-than-life posters of Hugo Chavez outside the Venezuelan embassy..

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated Press

Venezuelans wait to view the body of late President Hugo Chavez as it lay in state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GUILLERMO LEGARIA / AFP / Getty Images

Throngs of Venezuelans accompany the funeral cortege of late President Hugo Chavez through the streets of Caracas on its way to the Military Academy, where his coffin lay in state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCISCO BATISTA / AFP / Getty Images

Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez weep outside the military hospital where he died Tuesday. Seven days of mourning were declared, school was suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press

Mourners hold candles and posters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez outside the Venezuelan embassy in Quito after his death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP / Getty Images

Nicaraguans gather in Revolution Square in Managua for a tribute to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP / Getty Images

A woman bends to touch a portrait of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez displayed above a sidewalk memorial outside the Venezuelan embassy in Moscow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / Getty Images

Flowers and other typical Russian tributes to Hugo Chavez outside the Venezuelan embassy in Moscow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI KOCHETKOV / EPA

A man writes a note in a book of condolence at the embassy of Venezuela in Berlin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated Press

An extra edition of Colombia's El Pais newspaper reports the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS ROBAYO / AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joins a gathering in his memory in Salvador del Mundo Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARVIN RECINOS / AFP / Getty Images

A Caracas newspaper declares "He has left us" in announcing the death of President Hugo Chavez.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GERALDO CASO / AFP / Getty Images

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega speaks at a gathering in memory of his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, at Revolution Square in Managua.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP / Getty Images

A distraught woman reacts to President Hugo Chavez's death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEO RAMIREZ / AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cries outside the military hospital where he died.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEO RAMIREZ / AFP / Getty Images

Venezuelans in shock over the death of President Hugo Chavez fill the streets outside the military hospital where he died hours earlier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEO RAMIREZ / AFP / Getty Images

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[updated  March 7, 2013] — Even in death, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez will be a powerful force guiding his countrymen to elect Vice President Nicolas Maduro to replace him.

Some call the widely predicted victory of Chavez’s handpicked successor a “sympathy vote” for the charismatic president who died of cancer Tuesday at 58. Others will support Maduro out of respect for Chavez’s anointment of the former bus driver as best suited to carry on in the role of Robin Hood, diverting billions from private oil ventures to food subsidies, college scholarships, free Chinese-made appliances and Cuban-staffed health clinics.

Chavez opponents were many and varied during his tumultuous 14-year tenure, but their numbers never came close to the legions of Venezuelans who came to idolize the only president to devote Venezuela’s oil wealth to the needy.

But nostalgia and affection may prove short-lived policies to sustain Chavismo without Chavez, Latin American scholars say. Especially if sky-high oil prices currently bankrolling social “missions” fall from the $100-per-barrel levels that fill government coffers with the means of financing the top-down largesse.

Read full story: Chavez’s spirit will guide Venezuela – until leftist unity frays

March 5, 2013 — CARACAS, Venezuela —Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the charismatic socialist whose Bolivarian Revolution reduced poverty and galvanized anti-American sentiment across Latin America but left his nation deeply polarized and ever more dependent on oil dollars, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the passing on national television, saying that Chavez had died at 4:25 p.m.

Chavez’s death followed repeated treatments for pelvic cancer in Cuba, the country of his idol Fidel Castro, where his condition was first diagnosed in June 2011.

Full story: Hugo Chavez dies at 58; hero to Venezuela’s poor

1 Comment

  1. March 6, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Oh please get over it. This man was evil he is now with his leader ….(satan) Now I can't wait for Fidel Castro to finally go to be with His father (satan). Where they are going believe me there is no peace.

    By: ipass@gmail.com

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