Chavez cared about the poor at a time when "some of the wealthiest people on our planet have more money than they can ever reasonably expect to spend."
In life, Chavez was almost a legendary figure; first elected to Venezuela's presidency in 1998, he was popularly re-elected three more times in 2000, 2006, and 2012.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who was favored by Chavez, is the presidential candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
The stakes in this situation are high not only for Venezuela but for the entire Latin American and Caribbean area.
This will allow the PSUV leadership to advance projects for local mass democratic participation in building the nation.
For the fourth time in a year and a half, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left for Cuba on Sunday for cancer treatment.
The reelection, for a third term, of Venezuela's left wing president has set off wails of anguish in the right-wing media and political circles in the United States.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on October 7 overwhelmingly defeated Henrique Capriles, presidential candidate of the right-wing Roundtable of Democratic Unity Coalition.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, winner of elections in 2000 and 2006 by overwhelming majorities, is heavily favored in voting set for October 7.
Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters that, "For the first time in history we will have an organization of Our America."