TODAY VENEZUELA by CFR Multimedia Team – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez took office in 1999 on a populist platform. But three terms into his “socialist revolution,” critics say the country increasingly resembles an authoritarian state.

This timelime offers a visual account of Chavez’s rise to power and the impact of his presidency.

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CAR01 - CARACAS (VENEZUELA), 17/02/12.- Un grupo de grafiteros pintan un muro con el rostro del presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, hoy, viernes 17 de febrero del 2012 en Caracas (Venezuela). EFE/Miguel Gutierrez