Evolution of a practical visionary

Print edition : April 05, 2013

With friend and mentor Fidel Castro in Barinas, Venezuela, near his hometown of Sabaneta on October 28, 2000. Photo: Jose Goitia/AP

October 4, 2012: speaking in the rain during his closing campaign rally for the presidential election, in Caracas. Photo: JORGE SILVA/REUTERS

February 4, 1999: after he was first sworn in President, with his wife, Marisabel. Photo: Douglas Engle/AP

Chavez (right) being escorted by military intelligence officers after being arrested for trying to overthrow Venezuela's government in a coup on February 5, 1992. Photo: ANDRES LEIGHTON/AP

At a party during his years at the Military Academy in Caracas in this undated photo. Photo: REUTERS

Cuban doctor Vivian Iglesias examining a child at a medical centre in Caracas on July 15, 2003. Iglesias was one of the 1,000 Cuban doctors who lived and worked in Venezuelan slums in a project sponsored by Chavez. Photo: FERNANDO LLANO/AP

Steering clear of neoliberalism as well as classical communist traditions, Hugo Chavez has sown the seeds of institutions rooted in the Venezuelan reality. Their transformative potential has already turned the country into one of the more equitable societies in the world today.
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