Quico says: My guess now is that when the historians of the future come to periodize the Chávez era, they’ll settle on something like:
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December 1998 – November 2001: Ascendent Chavismo
January 2002 – August 2004: Acute Polarization
August 2004 – February 2009: Competitive Authoritarianism
from March 2009 : The Chávez Dictatorship