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Hunger and Protest: Maduro’s Rocky Rule in Venezuela

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Having weathered punishing sanctions and thinly veiled US invasion threats, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro hopes to take Congress back from the opposition in Sunday's elections.

Here is a timeline of the leftist leader's seven tumultuous years in power:

Chavez dies, Maduro rises

In March 2013, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, -- in office since 1999 and initiator of its socialist-inspired "Bolivarian Revolution" -- dies of cancer.

Maduro, his vice president and heir apparent, narrowly wins a disputed election the following month.

Protests and crackdown

A deepening economic crisis sparks months of . . .

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