One common misconception is that Chavez is a dictator. This is not true, Kabche said. While he originally led a coup against the Venezuelan government, he was imprisoned when it failed. While Chavez was in prison, the president was impeached in a corruption scandal. Another coup took place, toppling the regime and putting Chavez into power.
But then Chavez made a move that made him a "heroic symbol" to Venezuelans, Kabche said. He made several reforms, including dissolving the Venezuelan Congress to be replaced by a National Assembly, and then resigning from the military to run for election. He won, and has been called to special elections several times by the opposition party, but has remained in office.
Chavez was part of a lower social class, and Kabche described him as "a practically illiterate person who educated himself for his entire life," and continues to educate himself while in office. Class still creates "a notion of distinction" in Venezuela, more so than in the United States., Kabche said. But he explained that one could still move from one class to another.
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