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Chavez rejected claims of stifling opposition

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The self-proclaimed revolutionary, Hugo Chavez was a controversial figure in Venezuela and on the world stage.

A staunch critic of the US, he inspired a left-wing revival across Latin America.

He died of cancer in March 2012 after 14 years in power.

In 2010, HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur interviewed him. The president insisted he was true democrat and rejected any suggestion that opposition to him was suppressed.

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HARDtalk Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela

Stephen Sackur talks to the former President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez.

First broadcast: 07 Mar 2013

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