By: Mackenzie Fraitzl
Hugo Chavez was on a political rise in 1992-1998. Chavez went on a 100-day tour around the country promoting his Bolivarian cause of social revolution. During the 1998 election, Irene Sáez the took the lead but Chavez was rising in populatity and he soon won the election with 56.2% of the vote. Chavez lead his first presidential term from February 1999- January 2001. During this time Chavez still believed that Capitalism was still a valid economic model for Venezuela. Chavez served his second term as President of Venezuela from January 2001- January 2007. Chavez was re-elected with a 59.76% vote. During this term Chavez helped to further his ties with the Cuban government under Fidel Castro. Venezuela's growing alliance with Cuba was happening at the same time its relationship with the Unites States started deteriorating. In January of 2007 Chavez was re-elected for a second time with 63% of the votes. After Chavez's third victory he promised an "expansion of the revolution". Chavez's presidential term ended in January 2013, and on March 5, 2013 Chavez died at the age of 58. Chavez defined his political position as Bolivarianism, and ideology that he developed from Simón Bolívar.
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