Hugo Chavez through the years

Associated Press
A woman holds a picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as supporters gather at Simon Bolivar square in Caracas,Venezuela, Sunday Dec.  9, 2012.  Chavez is to return to Cuba Sunday for another surgery in his battle against cancer, which has led him to speak publicly of a successor for the first time.  Chavez said Saturday that if there are "circumstances that prevent me from exercising the presidency further"  Vice-President Nicolas Maduro should replace him for the remainder of his term.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died on March 5, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country.

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