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The Life of Venezuela's Chavez

On the third anniversary of the passing of Hugo Chavez, teleSUR takes a look at his life and legacy in images.
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Hugo Chavez and his brother Adan in Sabaneta, Barinas. Chavez was born July 28, 1954.
Hugo Chavez and his brother Adan in Sabaneta, Barinas. Chavez was born July 28, 1954. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
An image featuring Chavez as an adolescent in Barinas.
An image featuring Chavez as an adolescent in Barinas. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez with childhood friends.
Chavez with childhood friends. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez (second from right) stands with childhood friends.
Chavez (second from right) stands with childhood friends. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez as an adolescent studied at one of Venezuela
Chavez as an adolescent studied at one of Venezuela's military academies. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez dressed in his military uniform as a student.
Chavez dressed in his military uniform as a student. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez graduates from the military academy.
Chavez graduates from the military academy. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez speaks at the military academy graduation.
Chavez speaks at the military academy graduation. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez with his parents Elena and Hugo.
Chavez with his parents Elena and Hugo. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez with his baseball team in 1972.
Chavez with his baseball team in 1972. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
Chavez with his class.
Chavez with his class. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
In 1992, Chavez led a failed civilian-military takeover of the government.
In 1992, Chavez led a failed civilian-military takeover of the government. Photo:PSUV
For his role in the attempted government takeover, Chavez served two years in prison in Yare from 1992 to 1994.
For his role in the attempted government takeover, Chavez served two years in prison in Yare from 1992 to 1994. Photo:Venezuelan Ministry of Information and Communication
After his time in prison, Chavez ran for president with the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR). His then wife Marisabel accompanied him on the campaign trail.
After his time in prison, Chavez ran for president with the Fifth Republic Movement (MVR). His then wife Marisabel accompanied him on the campaign trail. Photo:AFP
In 1999, Chavez was sworn in as president of Venezuela.
In 1999, Chavez was sworn in as president of Venezuela. Photo:AFP
Due to Chavez
Due to Chavez's commitment to social welfare, his government was the target of a coup attack. After 48 hours, the military aided in his return to the country. Photo:AFP
Chavez participates in a popoular movement march in Caracas.
Chavez participates in a popoular movement march in Caracas. Photo:Reuters
In August 2004, Chavez celebrates the referendum electoral victory.
In August 2004, Chavez celebrates the referendum electoral victory. Photo:AFP
In 2005, the socialist party won the majority of National Assembly seats.
In 2005, the socialist party won the majority of National Assembly seats. Photo:AFP
Chavez votes in the 2006 presidential elections with 62 percent of the vote.
Chavez votes in the 2006 presidential elections with 62 percent of the vote. Photo:AFP
Chavez sits with former Cuban president Fidel Castro at a hospital in Cuba after stomach surgery in 2006.
Chavez sits with former Cuban president Fidel Castro at a hospital in Cuba after stomach surgery in 2006. Photo:Reuters
Chavez speaks during an edition of his television program Alo Presidente.
Chavez speaks during an edition of his television program Alo Presidente. Photo:AFP
Chavez with Bolivian President Evo Morales at a Mercosur Summitt in 2007.
Chavez with Bolivian President Evo Morales at a Mercosur Summitt in 2007. Photo:AFP
Chavez with Presidents (L-R): Evo Morales (Bolivia), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Brazil) and Rafael Correa (Ecuador) during a regional summit in Brazil.
Chavez with Presidents (L-R): Evo Morales (Bolivia), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Brazil) and Rafael Correa (Ecuador) during a regional summit in Brazil. Photo:EFE
In 2009, Chavez gifts US President Barack Obama a copy of
In 2009, Chavez gifts US President Barack Obama a copy of ''The Open Veins of Latin America'' by Eduardo Galeano. Photo:AFP
Chavez plays with schoolchildren during the 343 edition of Alo Presidente in 2009.
Chavez plays with schoolchildren during the 343 edition of Alo Presidente in 2009. Photo:EFE
Chavez on the campaign trail with National Assembly candidates for the Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV) in 2010.
Chavez on the campaign trail with National Assembly candidates for the Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV) in 2010. Photo:AFP
Chavez throws a baseball at a game in Caracas.
Chavez throws a baseball at a game in Caracas. Photo:Reuters
In 2011, Chavez ordered the central bank to repatriate $11 billion of gold reserves from US, Canadian, European and Swiss banks.
In 2011, Chavez ordered the central bank to repatriate $11 billion of gold reserves from US, Canadian, European and Swiss banks. Photo:Reuters
Chavez in Bolivia during a diplomatic visit in 2011.
Chavez in Bolivia during a diplomatic visit in 2011. Photo:AFP
Chavez stands in front of a digitally restored image of South American Liberator Simon Bolivar.
Chavez stands in front of a digitally restored image of South American Liberator Simon Bolivar. Photo:AFP
Chavez plays the guitar and sings during a televised address to the nation.
Chavez plays the guitar and sings during a televised address to the nation. Photo:AFP
Chavez gives his last speech part of his 2012 electoral campaign in Caracas on October 4, 2012.
Chavez gives his last speech part of his 2012 electoral campaign in Caracas on October 4, 2012. Photo:Reuters
Chavez celebrates with supporters his electoral win on October 7, 2012.
Chavez celebrates with supporters his electoral win on October 7, 2012. Photo:AFP
Chavez with his two daughters, Maria Gabriela and Rosa Virginia, in Cuba shorly before his passing.
Chavez with his two daughters, Maria Gabriela and Rosa Virginia, in Cuba shorly before his passing. Photo:Venezuelan Presidential Press
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