Venezuelan Government: Chavez and Maduro

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Rough Draft: Venezuela is a country located in the northern area of South America that’s national language is Spanish. It is a very complex and interesting country with many important events in the past as well as some current events that have made headlines. Venezuela has been struggling with development for a long time and it has a landscape that can sometimes make it quite hard to build roads and tracks, thus hindering the forward progress of the nation. Venezuela is a democratic country with a democratically elected president, but that doesn’t mean that everything is going along fine. Even though the people of Venezuela elected Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro in the election of 2012, there have been a lot of recent protests against Maduro since Chavez passed away and Maduro assumed the presidency. In the past, Venezuela has had a democratic government. However, it started to make front page news reports when president Hugo Chavez nationalized the oil industry and began anti-US reforms that also increased his power as president, including possible reforms that would have removed the term limit. He died in early 2013 and was succeeded by Nicolás Maduro. Maduro continued in Chavez’s footsteps implementing anti-US reforms and increasing his own power. However, near the beginning of 2014, protests began to start. There are considered to be several reasons for the beginning of these protests, one of them being the highway robbery of a couple in January, and another example being the attempted rape of a college student in February. Both of these events cause a chain reaction of protests. However, these have just been sparks to ignite an age old pit of petroleum. The underlying problems started to develop after Chavez began a series o... ... middle of paper ... ...n. pag. Print. Kraul, and Mogollon. "Air carrier group to Venezuela: Time to pay up on ticket revenue" ["Air carrier group to Venezuela: Time to pay up on ticket revenue"]. Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles] 20 5 2014: n. pag. Print. McCoy, Jennifer L., et al. "Venezuela." Britannica. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. ROBERTSON, EWAN. "UNASUR Ministers “Re-Open” Communication between Venezuelan Government and Opposition" ["UNASUR Ministers “Re-Open” Communication between Venezuelan Government and Opposition"]. n. pag. Print. "Venezuela country brief" ["Venezuela country brief"]. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Australian Government, Apr. 2014. Web. 22 May 2014. . Wilpert, Gregory. Interview by Paul Jay. 22 Feb. 2014.

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