Chavez gears up for ‘permanent revolution’

Opponents of Hugo Chavez, who accuse him of wanting to turn Venezuela into a 21st-century version of Cuba, will not have been reassured by his inauguration speech earlier this month when he turned to the camera, saluted and said: ‘‘Hello, Fidel!”

20th January, 2007

Opponents of Hugo Chavez, who accuse him of wanting to turn Venezuela into a 21st-century version of Cuba, will not have been reassured by his inauguration speech earlier this month when he turned to the camera, saluted and said: ‘‘Hello, Fidel!”

When he first became president of Venezuela in 1999, the former army officer identified himself as a democratic socialist.

But as he embarks on a new term, it’s becoming clear that the...

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