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Venezuela

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Index
  1. Venezuela Main Page
  2. The Hugo Chavez Era Begins
  3. Chavez Survives Referendum, Consolidates Power
  4. New Referendum Fails but Chavez is Undeterred
  5. New Challenges for Chavez at Home and Abroad
  6. Chavez Experiences Electoral Setback and Battles Health Issues
  7. Major League Baseball Player Kidnapped
  8. An End to the Monroe Doctrine?
  9. Chavez Wins 2012 Presidential Election
  10. Chavez Still Battling Cancer in Late 2012
  11. Chavez's New Term Begins Without Him
  12. Chavez Dies After a Long Battle with Cancer
  13. Special Election Held to Replace Chavez
  14. Protests Turn Violent in 2014
Chavez Wins 2012 Presidential Election

In Feb. 2012, President Hugo Chavez announced that the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2011 had returned. On Feb. 24, Chavez returned to Cuba for more surgery. After the surgery, from Havana, he said that the tumor removed from his pelvic region was malignant and that he would begin radiation treatment soon.

Also in Feb. 2012, millions of voters chose Henrique Capriles Radonski to challenge Chavez in the presidential election on October 7, 2012. Capriles, the moderate governor of Miranda, received more than 1.8 million votes in February's primary; more than double the votes of anyone else in the running.

On July 9, 2012, Chavez stated that he was "totally free" of cancer. He did not reveal what type of cancer. Later on in July, he went on the campaign trail in an effort to prove to voters that he was on the mend. Chavez has increased his public appearances since returning in May from Cuba where he sought treatment for cancer.

In early Oct. 2012, as the presidential election approached, polls showed the race between Chavez and Radonski as too close to call, showing that Chavez's rule was vulnerable in ways it never had been before. However, before the election, the government implemented a new electronic voting system. Many Venezuelans expressed fear over the electronic ballots, afraid that their vote against the president could be tracked. Voting against the president could result in the loss of a government job or social welfare benefits. In the 2004 recall referendum, millions of voter names were made public. The voters had all signed a petition to remove Chavez from office.

On Oct. 7, 2012, Hugo Chavez won the presidential election in Venezuela. He received 54 percent of the vote. His opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski, received 45 percent. Even though it was the narrowest margin of victory, Chavez still easily won his third six-year term as president. However, Chavez faced new challenges at the start of his third term, including his weakened health and a stronger, bolder opposition to his government.

Next: Chavez Still Battling Cancer in Late 2012
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