Download e-book for kindle: Hugo Chavez (Modern World Leaders) by Judith Levin

By Judith Levin

Hugo Chavez has captured the world's recognition on the grounds that his victory within the 1998 Venezuelan presidential election. Many global leaders think about him harmful and can't put out of your mind his 1992 coup try. but, his target of a very democratic Venezuela makes him exceptionally well known one of the reduce periods in his nation. no matter if he's a liberator of the folk or a power-hungry agitator is still noticeable, yet he's guaranteed to allure controversy. This new, full-color biography bargains readers a perceptive advent to this unpredictable chief.

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He wanted there to be a vote for a general assembly that would then choose a president: him. But people didn’t want to vote because they had no reason to trust the democratic process, so he made it mandatory to register and to vote. Then, when the elected assembly did vote for a candidate and—as the votes were being counted—someone else seemed to be winning, he simply declared himself the winner and told people to stop counting the ballots. They stopped. ” There remained limitless oil money with which to build highways and public 41 42 HUGO CHÁVEZ Dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was president of Venezuela from 1952 to 1958.

But Chávez doesn’t speak of having been unhappy. He seems to have been secure in his grandmother’s love, happy to be with her while she watered (and talked to) her plants and he sang to them. He also liked Mexican movies and a popular kind of music from Mexico called rancheros, and llaneros, the folk music of the people of the plains. With his mother, Hugo had a more difficult and rebellious relationship. Once, when she was going to hit him with a stick—he doesn’t say for what or if this was a typical punishment of that time and place—he grabbed the stick away from her and then ran away to the mountains.

As a child, Hugo heard something that disturbed him a lot. His grandmother Martha, while scolding Hugo’s mother, said she was willful: “Elena, you are like that because you are an offshoot of that murderer, your grandfather. Rafael’s father, he was a murderer. He killed a man. . ” That would indeed be a disturbing (though perhaps also exciting) thing to hear as a child. But it wasn’t something that anyone would talk to him about. It was only later, as a young man, that Hugo learned that his great-grandfather was Pedro Perez Delgado, who, from 1914 until his capture in 1922, fought against the dictatorship of General Juan Vicente Gómez.

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