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The life and legacy of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gathered late Tuesday at Bolivar Square in Caracas, Venezuela, to mourn him. David Fernandez /EPA /LANDOV

The death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has left many wondering what will become of his country. Enriched by enormous oil revenues that allowed it to make great strides in health care and education, Venezuela is also marked by corruption, and a creaking, crumbling infrastructure.

All this will be part of the legacy of Hugo Chavez, who was — no matter what you think of him and his politics — a fascinating character.

Journalist Rory Carroll spent six years observing and writing about Chavez as Latin America correspondent for The Guardian. He's just published a book, "Comandante: Hugo Chavez Venezuela," about the late president.

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