Venezuela's Chavez Looks Set to Return in Triumph
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002
By Jason Webb
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Fiery Venezuelan populist Hugo Chavez seemed set for an improbable but triumphant return to power on Sunday after a government set up following Friday's military coup collapsed in the face of a rebellion by loyalist troops and massive protests.
Chavez was expected to fly back to the mainland from the Caribbean island of La Orchila where he had been imprisoned after the smoothly executed coup that briefly installed mild-mannered businessman Pedro Carmona as leader of the world's fourth-largest oil-exporting country.
"We guarantee that the president of the republic, Hugo Chavez Frias, will soon assume his functions as constitutional president," said Diosdado Cabello, who was Chavez's deputy until Friday but was sworn in as temporary president late on Saturday to cover the gap until his boss's return. MORE