Thursday, April 14, 2011

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Venezuela

Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, is known for his socialist reforms and for his tough stance against US foreign policy. He was born on July 28, 1954. Much of his career and political ideology began when Chavez was in the military, where he developed strong ties with fellow students who also shared similar leftist political doctrine. In 1998, Chavez won a landslide victory in the presidential election, officially inaugurated in February 1999. During his time in office, Chavez has worked to forge ties with other leftist governments in Latin America, particularly Cuba and Bolivia. During his power, he has nationalized and took control over the media and oil industry, which is one of the largest in the world.