President of Venezuela, 1954 -



Below: With Fidel Castro shortly after being elected President of Venezuela.




Below: In an attempted military coup, Army General Efraín Vásquez announces that Hugo Chávez has resigned as President and has been replaced by Pedro Carmona, April 13, 2002.



Within hours, rebellions had broken out in the military.  Below, supporters of Hugo Chávez proclaim his return.



News around the world heralded Chávez' return the following morning.


Below, greeting members of the military, April 14, 2002.




Below, Hugo Chávez holds up the constitution of Venezuela.





Below, when Fidel Castro fell on the stage in 2004, Hugo Chávez instructed his chauffeur to drive directly to the airport where he boarded a plane for Havana and comforted Fidel in his wheelchair.



Below, Hugo Chávez declares that the United Nations General Assembly Hall still "smells of Brimstone" after George Bush's recent visit.  He received a standing ovation and aclaim around the world.  September 20, 2006.



Below, the following day, Hugo Chávez visited fans in the New York Bronx.



Below, visiting Fidel Castro in the hospital, December, 2006.



Below, with Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, 2007.



Below, with Presidential winner Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, 2007.



Below, with a recuperating Fidel Castro, March, 2007.



Below, at a recent millitary parade in Venezuela, 2007.




Below, during the millitary parade in February, 2007, Hugo Chávez reminded Latin America that John Negroponte is considered the "butcher of Latin America."



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            After a long and frustrating series of negociations, Chávez and the International Red Cross stationed on the border of Venezuela, managed to receive the first two hostages from the FARC freedom fighters in neighboring Columbia on January 10, 2008.  They are, below left, Consuelo González and Clara Rojas, to the right of Chávez.  They were aided by Columbian opposition senator Piedad Córdoba, in red on the right.  The FARC announced this would be the first of future releases which could lead to peace in that country.




            Then shortly after meeting with Condoleeza Rice who offered the "full support" of the United States, Columbian President Álvaro Uribe ordered his military to close in on the remaining hostages and threaten the FARC with bombing.  On January 18, below, Chávez offers support to families of remaining hostages who to him they believe Uribe has no interest in helping free the hostages.




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