CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas.
His departure from a country he dominated for 14 years casts into doubt the future of his socialist revolution. It alters the political balance in Venezuela, the fourth-largest foreign oil supplier to the United States, and in Latin America, where Mr. Chávez led a group of nations intent on reducing American influence in the region.
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Twitter Responds to Chavez Passing
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless.R.I.P. Mr. President.
— Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 5, 2013
— Bill Powers (@BillPowers9) March 5, 2013
Sick! “@repjoseserrano: Chavez was a leader that (sic) understood the needs of the poor… empowering the powerless. R.I.P.”
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 5, 2013
Sean Pean seen sobbing in the fetal positions. Parasitic Marxist scumbags hardest hit.
— LilMissErinGoBragh (@LilMissRightie) March 5, 2013
— El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) March 5, 2013