The World Mourns Hugo Chavez: Two Tributes

  A tribute in facts The best tribute that can be paid to Hugo Chavez, the poor boy from the plains of Barinas, who within a decade-and-a-half changed the face of his country and Latin America, comes in the facts. In 1999, when Chavez assumed the presidency through a ballot, household poverty in Venezuela stood at 55 per cent. By 2009, it had fallen to 26.4 per cent, and the decline has continued. Unemployment over the same period fell from 15 per cent to 7.8 per cent. Lives changed dramatically as a…

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