Venezuelan turmoil

Patrick Crow Washington, D.C. Venezuela's President-elect Hugo Chavez, 44, intends to control not only the official government but also what he sees as a shadow government, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (Pdvsa). Like any reformer, Chavez represents both the hope and the threat of change. As a paratroop officer, he led an unsuccessful coup d'etat in 1992 against the government of President Rafael Caldera. After Chavez served 2 years in jail, Caldera pardoned him. Chavez then tried the slower, democratic route. He assembled a hodgepodge of political support and ran an anti-establishment, anti-corruption campaign that the two major political parties simply ...

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