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The life and times of Hugo Chavez

Attracted by the chance to play baseball, he joined the army at 16 and was eventually promoted to lieutenant-colonel.

The life and times of Hugo Chavez

His death ended 14 years of charismatic, volatile rule that turned him

into a major world figure. Ever the showman, Chavez would jump from

theology to jokes, and from Marxist rhetoric to baseball metaphors in

building an almost cult-like devotion among followers. Here’s an

obituary to the socialist showman who transformed Venezuela.