President Hugo Chavez Frias (born 28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013 ) Chief of state and head of government are held by the president elected by popular vote for a six-year term with a two consecutive term limit. The Council of Ministers is appointed by the president. On December 3rd, 2006, Hugo Chavez was reelected president with 62.9% of the vote against Manuel Rosales with 36.9%, (Next election December, 2012)
In the February 1992 coup, Hugo Chavez, a former paratrooper, attempted to overthrow the government of President Carlos Andres Perez as anger grew against the President’s economic austerity measures. Chavez was unsuccessful and landed up in jail. In November of that year, another unsuccessful coup attempt occurred, organized by other revolutionary groups in the Venezuelan Armed Forces and those that remained from Chavez’s previous attempt. By 2002, the tables had turned, and Hugo Chávez, democratically elected president in 1998, was temporarily ousted from power by his opponents. The Chávez was elected as a reaction against the established political parties and the corruption and inequalities their policies created. Since coming to power, Chavez never said he hated Americans nor America, but the only the US Government.
Representatives from Venezuela’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) officially revealed some of the most important conclusions from the 14th National Census of Population and Housing to the Venezuelan public this week.
The most potent conclusion drawn from the census, which was conducted during 2011, was that extreme poverty levels have significantly been reduced in the ten previous years.
In 2001, 11.36% of the population were measured to be suffering from extreme poverty, while President of the INE, Elias Eljuri, announced that the 2011 census showed that currently only 6.97% are in a similar situation, a reduction of nearly half in the past 10 years, and one which he described as “very significant”.
Other conclusions presented to the population include a rise in life expectancy, from 74.5 years to 79.5 years and a 16% rise in the general population numbers, from 24.8 million inhabitants to 28.9 million in 2011.
Venezuela has a improved system of eucation, health care, and has made remarkable social progress. Though we don’t agree with some of his ideology, we appreciate he at least achieved something more meaningful than Right Wing pundits will admit.
Under Chávez, 1.5 million adults in this country of 30 million people learned to read and write, 700,000 completed primary education, and 600,000 extremely poor people received assistance.
Sixty percent of the population buys subsidised food in government outlets, 7,000 health centers were opened in economically depressed areas, 200,000 families received farmland and another 200,000 received urban housing without paying a cent up front.
He gave Americans 100 gallons of Oil to help relieve poverty and fuel homes with Joe Kennedy.
“Everyday I become more convinced, there is no doubt in my mind, as many intellectuals have said, that it is necessary to transcend capitalism. But capitalism can not be transcended through capitalism itself; it must be done through socialism, true socialism, with equality and justice. I’m also convinced that it is possible to do it under democracy, but not in the type of democracy being imposed by Washington.”
Hugo Chávez during his closing speech at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. January 31, 2005.
“It is Poverty that made me a Revolutionary” Hugo Chevaz