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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez dies from cancer at age 58

Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela for the last 14 years, died Tuesday following his treatment for cancer.

His death was announced by the country’s vice president Nicolas Maduro, ending the dictator’s long battle with the disease.

Hugo Chávez in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Jan/26/2003  photo Victor Soares

Hugo Chávez in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Jan/26/2003 photo Victor Soares

He was 58.

Popular with leftists, the controversial leader often made headlines, especially attacking President Bush during his term as the US President.

Chavez won his  fourth presidential term in 2012 but was never sworn due to his failing health.

Many political opponents found themselves barred from running in elections against the ruling party. Even former allies, like Chavez’s onetime defense minister, Gen. Raul Baduel, faced accusations that critics called trumped-up corruption charges.

Chavez’s government similarly targeted opposition broadcasters, passing laws and decrees that forced at least one major broadcaster and dozens of smaller radio and television stations off the air.

Opponents also have criticized his social programs, calling them unsustainable over the long run and responsible for unintended consequences. Price controls, for instance, drove up inflation, while expropriations of farmland depressed production.

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