Hugo Chaves had a controversial reign as president of Venezuela. His plan was to remake Venezuela into a socialist state and direct oil wealth to social programs for the poor people in the country. He moved the government from a Neoliberal society to a democratic socialist society. He helped pay for programs with profits from the oil industry to improve education, literacy, food staples and housing.
He was a beacon of hope for the poor people of Venezuela. By using money from oil reserves he was able to improve the country’s infrastructure. He implemented a number of social programs like education and health services for all. During his presidency 6 million children receive free meals a day, education spending’s doubled, and he launched a housing program launched in 2011 built over 350,000 houses. Chavez influenced the South American region by forming the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, intended to offer an alternative leader/resource to the United States.
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