President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez announces the exhumation of 19th-century revolutionary Simón Bolívar to investigate suspected foul play in Bolívar's death.
Nicolás Maduro wins a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential election over Henrique Capriles. Maduro is due to be sworn in as President of Venezuela on 19 April and is set to serve until January 2019, to complete the term of recently deceased President Hugo Chávez. Capriles refuses to acknowledge defeat and calls for a recount.
Hugo Chávez, the President of Venezuela, announces that he has cancer again. Preparing to travel to Havana, Cuba, for further cancer surgery, he named Vice President Nicolás Maduro to carry out his legacy if he is unable to remain in office.
New pictures and video footage of a fit Hugo Chávez chatting to Fidel Castro are shown on Cuban state television after concerns were expressed for the President of Venezuela's health following recent surgery.