Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez saluted on 70th birthday

President Nicolas Maduro inherited Venezuela’s presidency after the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013 President Nicolas Maduro, who has been in power since 2013, visited Balakot to meet the 69-year-old retired general,…

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez saluted on 70th birthday

President Nicolas Maduro inherited Venezuela’s presidency after the death of his mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013

President Nicolas Maduro, who has been in power since 2013, visited Balakot to meet the 69-year-old retired general, who is from a prominent Chavez family

Maduro referred to Chavez as “a true revolutionary”

Maduro says he has kept his commitment to Chavez’s socialist ideals despite deep unpopularity

General Leonard Bolivar Molina has been remembered as a symbol of Venezuela’s former liberation struggle by the Jamestown Foundation

Bolivar Molina was an officer in the army and a comrade of Marcus Garvey, the founder of the National Movement of Afro-Caribbean Communities

Bolivar Molina led the army as a commander for a year and a half before the two men fell out

Bolivar Molina did not return to the army during his apprenticeship in the nationalist movement

In 2009, Bolivar Molina was detained in Trinidad, where he was accused of planning to take US control of Caribbean territory as part of an African link between the Americas and the Middle East

His son, Colonel Antonio Molina, served as head of Venezuela’s in law judiciary under former President Hugo Chavez

General Manuel Ernesto Guevara Ismael Crescenzi was a Venezuelan general who died in the Gulf of Mexico during the First Gulf War in 1991

At the time, Venezuelan Navy sources described General Crescenzi as “the expert who carried out the order to annihilate Saddam Hussein”.

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