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  • Maduro Wins Venezuela's Election With 51% of Votes Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 9:58 PM ET

    Nicolas Maduro squeezed out a small-margin victory in Venezuela's presidential elections Sunday, securing the ruling socialist party's control over the oil-rich nation through 2019.

  • Business as Usual in Venezuela: Expert     Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 11:40 AM ET

    James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, tells CNBC that the Venezuelan economy will continue to struggle after the elections.

  • The Chavez Conspiracy?     Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 4:45 PM ET

    The Venezuelan government has announced it will conduct a formal inquiry into whether deceased president Hugo Chavez was "inoculated" with cancer. Risa Grais-Targow, Eurasia Group Latin America Analyst, provides perspective on how this might impact oil

  • At least two dozen heads of state were due to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral on Friday during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

  • Wait and See in Venezuela: Expert     Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 5:10 AM ET

    Heliodoro Quintero, CEO of HQ Consultores, tells CNBC why it's impossible to know which path Venezuelan energy policy will follow until after elections have been held.

  • Will Moody's Downgrade Venezuela Again?     Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 11:38 AM ET

    Aaron Freedman, Moody's, explains why the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will not have an immediate impact on the country's sovereign rating.

  • Hugo Chavez Dead at Age 58     Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 10:11 AM ET

    The Venezuelan president died after losing a long battle with cancer, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, with details on what his death means for oil supplies.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Dead     Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:41 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the 58-year old leader died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer.

  • Venezuelans Mourn Chavez as Focus Turns to Election Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 5:49 AM ET
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death has unleashed a flood of emotional tributes that his allies hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled socialist revolution when voters elect a successor.

  • Venezuela—The Next Risk for Oil Markets Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 8:59 PM ET

    The prospect of snap elections in Venezuela - which may be triggered if President Hugo Chavez steps down due to his worsening health - may create volatility in global oil markets though any upward price impact is likely to only be short-term.

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    What does the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mean for crude oil prices? Traders weigh in.

  • Got Sugar? Venezuela Faces Shortages of Staple Foods Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 3:07 AM ET
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    The increased difficulty in finding basic consumer goods in Venezuela is raising concerns about the viability of Chávez's socialist economic policies.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during a campaign rally for his reelection in Valencia, Carabobo state, Venezuela.

    Things are looking increasingly bleak for Hugo Chavez, which has oil companies, Western governments and all of Latin America asking the same question: What's next if he dies?

  • Venezuela's Sick Chavez Misses Own Inauguration Bash Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 11:50 AM ET
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.

  • Chavez Inauguration Delayed     Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports medical treatment for cancer will prevent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from being sworn in for a new term at this time.

  • If Chavez Dies, What's Next for the US and Venezuela? Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    Hugo Chavez wins election.

    The implications of Hugo Chavez's illness are enormous, for Venezuela, for the world, and particularly for the U.S., which remains highly dependent on imports of Venezuelan crude.

  • Is the Chavez Era Coming to an End?     Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 5:30 AM ET

    Kathryn Rooney Vera, director of macroeconomic research at Bulltick Capital Markets, tells CNBC that Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez could be incapacitated due to an on-going battle with cancer.

  • In Latin America, incumbents increasingly dominate Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- After four election wins, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on track to completing at least 20 years in power, and supporters such as street bookseller Cristina Tovar say they're glad to have him in charge.

  • Venezuela's new VP to be key figure for Chavez Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:06 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.

  • Re-elected Chavez faces likely economic reckoning Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 7:59 PM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela-- During his re-election campaign, President Hugo Chavez promised to deepen the "21st century socialism" that has meant an ever-greater state role in the economy. Chavez faces immediate economic time bombs beginning with a rapidly expanding public debt, one of Latin America's highest inflation rates and a weakening currency.