Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez attends the "South Of The Border" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez attends the “South Of The Border” premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

[PHOTOS] Hugo Chavez dies: A look through the years from his rise to power to his death

1998 – Hugo Chavez sweeps into power

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In 1992, the former army paratrooper Hugo Chavez led a failed military coup against then President Carlos Andres Perez. He was thrown in jail for two years then rode a wave of popular outrage to become president in 1998.

2000 – Re-elected to a six-year term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) tak

Shortly after his first election, Chavez introduced a new constitution that strengthened the rights of marginalized groups. He then won the re-election for a six-year term under this constitution.

2002-Ousted from power in short-lived coup

Supporters of ousted Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez demonstrate outside military base Fort Tiuna in Caracas, 13 April 2002, as a Venezuelan army soldiers guard the entrance. (Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of ousted Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez demonstrate outside military base Fort Tiuna in Caracas, 13 April 2002, as a Venezuelan army soldiers guard the entrance. (Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

Opponents ousted Chavez from power for 47 hours, but army loyalists and overwhelming public support quickly restored him to the presidency.

Missions for the Poor

President Hugo Chavez is widely popular in the poor barrios of Caracas due to his socialist efforts to assist the impoverished with missions offering free health care with doctors from Cuba as well as other services. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

President Hugo Chavez is widely popular in the poor barrios of Caracas due to his socialist efforts to assist the impoverished with missions offering free health care with doctors from Cuba as well as other services. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Chavez garners widespread support among the poor due to his social programs, or missions, and providing education and health services for all.

2006- Re-Election in a Questionable Democracy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures during a demonstration in Caracas 23 August 2003, celebrating his second three-year government (2000-2006).  (Photo by Juan Barretto/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gestures during a demonstration in Caracas 23 August 2003, celebrating his second three-year government (2000-2006). (Photo by Juan Barretto/AFP/Getty Images)

Chavez was overwhelmingly reelected in 2006, but was hardly a democratic ruler, using his power to silence opponents and journalists and to nationalize private companies.

Hello, President

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during his programme "Alo Presidente." (Photo by Andrew Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks during his programme “Alo Presidente.” (Photo by Andrew Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

Chavez displayed his theatrical personality on his weekly TV program, “Alo Presidente,” where he discussed national policy and invited guests, including politicians, on the show for interviews.

Leader of Leftist Latin America

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Fidel Castro talks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) during their visit to the unknown soldier monument. (Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images) ( Cuban President Fidel Castro talks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) during their visit the unknown soldier monument in Campo Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela. (Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images))

Chavez was a close ally of Fidel Castro and Raul Castro as well as other left-leaning Latin American leaders like Bolivia’s Evo Morales.

Relationship with the U.S.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses the United Nations 61st General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Chavez called President George W. Bush "the devil" and "world tyrant" and urged the UN member governments to fight U.S. domination.  (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses the United Nations 61st General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, September 20, 2006. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Despite important trade ties between Venezuela and America, Chavez remained a very vocal opponent of the U.S., calling former President George W. Bush a “devil” during one UN meeting and urging the member governments to fight U.S. domination.

2011 – Chavez announces that he has cancer

Hugo Chavez visiting with Fidel Castro (AP Photo/Estudios Revolucion)

Hugo Chavez visiting with Fidel Castro (AP Photo/Estudios Revolucion)

In a speech from Cuba, Chávez says he had a tumor removed from his pelvic region and that he has begun cancer treatment.

2012 – Re-elected in a closer race than ever before

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez salutes supporters during a campaign rally in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez salutes supporters during a campaign rally in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Hugo Chavez beat Henrique Capriles with 55 percent of vote.

2013 – Hugo Chavez dies after battle with cancer

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After Hugo Chavez’s death, Venezuela will be thrown into a period of transition.

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