Hugo Chavez

MPs in Venezuela's are recovering from a parliamentary punch-up on Tuesday triggered by a disputed election result. The fight
Chávez's success is as much about how the poor feel about their place in society as it is about improvements in their material conditions.
The death of Hugo Chávez leaves the future of Venezuela in the balance. With elections set for early April, the question of who will replace him takes on new urgency. Here we survey the runners and riders, from the obvious choices within Chávez's PSUV and the opposition MUD to outliers on both sides.
Lenin has suffered considerably down the years. An ear fell off some time ago and had to be re-attached. Kenyatta had to be embalmed and, how shall I put it - 'stuffed' during the night hours so that the crowds could file past during the day. As the Venezuelans commit to embalming Hugo Chavez, they should perhaps take note of what has happened to these once great men. Stuffing a president doesn't do him any good in the long run. A glass case in a military building on public display may not prove the kindest ending for Hugo.
This week in pictures has seen a nation mourn as Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer. It also saw
(Obviously the three people in the headline above being listed in order of importance.) Yes, this was the week of the late
Hugo Chavez, the populist and controversial leader of Venezuela, died at 58-years-old on 5 March in Caracas after 14 years in power. Chavez had battled an unspecified cancer for four years. His death has been met with an outpouring of sorrow or relief, depending on who you listen to.
Hugo Chavez is to have the somewhat dubious honour of joining the "controversial embalmed corpses of leaders" club, it was
Hugo Chavez, the once indefatigable leader of Venezuela, died pleading with his Cuban doctors saying: "I don't want to die
You would nearly feel sorry for the Tories. Almost. In a parallel dimension maybe. But the point is, things are not going well for them. They came third in the Eastleigh by-election which, to use the technical term, is bloody awful. Worse yet, they finished behind their yoghurt eating liberal bedfellows, and the granny privatising xenophobes of UKIP.