Regions / Venezuela

President Obama charted a new direction for U.S. policy toward Latin America. Now it's time for him — and his allies — to make good on the promise.
Chávez's popular social programs propelled him to a decisive referendum victory, but the question of how to sustain them will be key in determining what happens next in Venezuela.

Chvez Reconfirmed

After five years of extra-constitutional attempts to remove President Hugo Chávez from power, the U.S.-supported Venezuelan opposition finally got what it has asked for: a referendum on Chávez’s rule on Sunday. But having attained their stated goal, it could be the worst thing that has happened to them.
he conflict between forces loyal to President Hugo Chavez and those opposed to him heated up particularly after November 2001, when Chavez, using new powers granted him by the National Assembly, passed 49 laws, some of which were extremely controversial--
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