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President of Venezuela

Hugo ChavezHugo Chavez

Date of Birth: 28 July 1954
Birth Place: Sabaneta, Venezuela
Political Party: United Socialist Party
Arrival in Power: 2 February 1999
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Military


Hugo Chavez was born in Sabaneta, Venezuela, in 1954. He is the current President of Venezuela. He began his working career as a military officer. He was involved in a failed coup in 1992 and he was imprisoned following this. Upon his release he continued his opposition to the government and founded a new left wing political party called Fifth Republic Movement. Chavez ran in the 1998 presidential elections and was successful. He was re-elected in 2005. He is a very vocal and outspoken leader, making somewhat outrageous comments about western countries, this behaviour has soured Venezuela's relations with the west.

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Updated on: January 3, 2012