Hugo Chavez: Political Highlights
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In this room of the presidential palace, guards and journalists took cover from a 1992 coup against President Carlos Andres Perez, staged by Hugo Chavez. Although the coup failed, a televised address from Chavez placed him in the Venezuelan consciousness. He then traveled extensively in Latin America and slowly gathered political support in the run-up to the 1998 elections.