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B. 2016-01-15 Nicolas Maduro declares emergency Venezuela
C. 2015-12-30 Venezuela court suspends three new opposition MPs Venezuela
D. 2015-12-18 Brazil's pro-austerity Finance Minister Joaquim Levy replaced Brazil
E. 2015-12-15 Farc: Colombia president hails 'important step' to peace Colombia
5. 2015-12-09 Argentina's Fernandez bids emotional farewell Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. 2015-12-08 Venezuela election: Opposition 'supermajority' confirmed Venezuela
7. 2015-12-06 Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly CARACAS, Venezuela
2015-11-22 Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency Buenos Aires, Argentina
9. 2015-11-22 Argentina goes to polls in first ever presidential run-off Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency Map of Buenos Aires Argentina


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  Macri has been confirmed as the winner after his ruling party opponent conceded. Macri led Daniel Scioli by 51.5% to 48.5%




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Time Politics Election, Vote
2015
12/06 Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly
11/22 Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency
12/06 Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly
11/22 Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency
2014
12/14 Deal reached at UN climate talks
10/26 Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president
08/13 Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash
10/26 Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president
08/13 Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash
2013
06/17 Protests spread throughout Brazil
04/14 Maduro wins Venezuela election
03/13 Church picks first South American pope
03/05 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies
02/18 Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home
04/14 Maduro wins Venezuela election
2012
12/30 Chavez suffers new complications
10/07 Chavez wins Venezuela election
08/16 Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange
06/23 No warm welcome for Paraguay's new president
10/07 Chavez wins Venezuela election
2010
12/17 Chavez gets power to govern by decree
10/31 Brazil elects first female president
09/30 Ecuador troops rescue president
08/10 Colombia, Venezuela to restore ties
07/22 Venezuela breaks relations with Colombia
06/20 Santos wins election
01/17 Billionaire Pinera wins presidential election
10/31 Brazil elects first female president
06/20 Santos wins election
05/30 Ex-Minister Santos leads in vote
01/17 Billionaire Pinera wins presidential election
2009
08/21 Defence minister-designate on Interpol list
Election, Vote
2009 2009
Election, Vote
2008
12/09 Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years
11/22 Apec leaders make free-trade vow
09/11 Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador
05/24 FARC leader dead
Election, Vote
2008 2008
Election, Vote
2007
12/02 Voters reject Chavez's referendum
10/28 Fernandez claims victory
10/04 Pinochet family arrested
09/21 Chile court extradites Fujimori
05/27 TV station off the air
03/09 Bush shrugs off Chavez's taunts
12/02 Voters reject Chavez's referendum
10/28 Fernandez claims victory
2006
12/10 General Pinochet dead
12/03 Chavez wins by wide margin
11/26 Correa claims victory
11/01 Venezuela, Guatemala quit race
10/29 President Lula re-elected
06/04 Peruvians elect Garcia president
01/15 Bachelet wins presidency
12/03 Chavez wins by wide margin
11/26 Correa claims victory
10/29 President Lula re-elected
06/04 Peruvians elect Garcia president
01/15 Bachelet wins presidency
2005
12/18 Leftist Morales poised to lead
11/24 Pinochet charged over dissidents
11/06 Fujimori under arrest
11/05 Americas summit ends without consensus
06/09 Rodriguez sworn in as interim president
12/18 Leftist Morales poised to lead
2004
08/16 Recall vote: Chavez claims victory
08/16 Recall vote: Chavez claims victory
2002
10/27 Leftist Lula wins presidency by landslide
10/27 Leftist Lula wins presidency by landslide

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  Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly Map of CARACAS Venezuela  The opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency Map of Buenos Aires Argentina
Jan. 15  Nicolas Maduro declares emergency


year 2015 Top ^



December 2015 ... more > Top ^
Dec.30  Venezuela court suspends three new opposition MPs
Dec.18  Brazil's pro-austerity Finance Minister Joaquim Levy replaced
Dec.15  Farc: Colombia president hails 'important step' to peace
Dec.9  Argentina's Fernandez bids emotional farewell
Dec.8  Venezuela election: Opposition 'supermajority' confirmed
Dec.6


November 2015 ... more > Top ^
Nov.22  
  Macri has been confirmed as the winner after his ruling party opponent conceded. Macri led Daniel Scioli by 51.5% to 48.5%


September 2015 ... more > Top ^
Sep.10 Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez sentenced


August 2015 ... more > Top ^
Aug.15  Ecuador's president declares state of emergency as volcano belches ash

July 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jul.7  Paramedics treat 20 for hypothermia ahead of Pope visit Jul.5  Pope Francis starts Latin American visit in Ecuador

March 2015 ... more > Top ^
Mar.15  Big rallies against Brazil president

year 2014 Top ^

Dec.14 Deal reached at UN climate talks   Peru: United Nations members have have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year Dec.12  Climate summit goes into overtime Nov.30  Leftist leader wins Uruguay's presidency Oct.26   Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president
  Left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil, after securing 51.45% of votes in a closely-fought election Oct.12 Morales claims Bolivia election win
Oct.5 Rousseff set to face Brazil run-off Aug.13 Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash Map of Santos Brazil  Sao Paulo: Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported Jun.15  Santos re-elected in Colombian poll Jun.10 Blatter still has burning desire to be FIFA's president. Sao Paulo Jun.7  Colombia government and Farc to set up truth commission Feb.18 Venezuelan opposition leader in custody Feb.15  Protests, violence continue in Venezuela

year 2013 Top ^

Dec.15 Huge poll win for Chilean left
Sep.30  Venezuela expels three US diplomats Sep.17  Rousseff's U.S. visit postponed over alleged spying Jul.27  Pope Francis draws 3M to Rio vigil Jul.23  Thousands attend Brazil youth Mass Jun.21  Brazil president announces reforms Jun.17   Protests spread throughout Brazil  Sao Paulo: Tens of thousands of people marched through Sao Paulo, as protests spread over rising transport prices and the cost of staging the World Cup May.16  Venezuela to import 50M rolls of toilet pape Apr.15  Venezuela challenger demands recount Apr.14 Maduro wins Venezuela election
  Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro, who was chosen by Chavez as his successor, has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll Mar.13     Church picks first South American pope
  Vatican: Jorge Bergoglio made history as the first non-European pope of the modern era , the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis
 The election of a new Pope was signalled by white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney. Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church's new Pope Francis
Mar.8  Venezuela swears in acting president Mar.5     Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies
  A deeply divided Venezuela is mourning its late leader and preparing to pick a new president to replace him.    Venezuelan officials called for peace and unity after the death, emphasizing in state T...
Feb.18     Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home
  President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment Feb.17  Ecuador's Correa is re-elected Feb.3  Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed Jan.5 Chavez ally elected by assembly
. Venezuela Jan.3  Chavez battling 'severe' lung infection

year 2012 Top ^

Dec.30 Chavez suffers new complications
. Cuba Dec.11  President Chavez's cancer surgery 'successful' Oct.7   Chavez wins Venezuela election  President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office, after opposition leader Henrique Capriles admitted defeat Aug.16 Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange Jun.23 No warm welcome for Paraguay's new president Jun.19 WikiLeakers founder seeks asylum in Ecuador. London

year 2011 Top ^

Nov.15  Colombia Farc rebels name leader Oct.23  Fernandez heads for Argentina win Jul.4  Chavez addresses Caracas crowds Jan.1  Brazil inaugurates first female president

year 2010 Top ^

Dec.17 Chavez gets power to govern by decree
. Venezuela Oct.31 Brazil elects first female president Sep.30 Ecuador troops rescue president   President Rafael Correa has made a triumphant return to his offices after being rescued by soldiers amid a pitched battle with mutinous poli... Aug.10 Colombia, Venezuela to restore ties Jul.22 Venezuela breaks relations with Colombia Jul.15 Argentina legalises gay marriage Jun.20   Santos wins election  Colombia: Governing party candidate Juan Manuel Santos has won the final round of elections. He was ahead of Antanas Mockus by more than 40 points May.30 Ex-Minister Santos leads in vote. Colombia Mar.11  Pinera sworn in as president Feb.26  High court: Uribe can't run for third term Feb.22  Argentina rallies support over Falklands Jan.17   Billionaire Pinera wins presidential election  Chile: Conservative Sebastian Pinera has won presidential run-off, ending two decades of centre-left rule

year 2009 Top ^

Sep.13  Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal Aug.21 Defence minister-designate on Interpol list
. Iran Jun.5  Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon Apr.26  Correa claims re-election win Jan.25  Bolivians 'back new constitution'

year 2008 Top ^

Dec.9 Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years
. Rio de Janeiro Nov.22 Apec leaders make free-trade vow. Peru Sep.14  Morales struggling to control Bolivia Sep.11 Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador Jul.18  President drops farm tax after protests May.24 FARC leader dead. Colombia May.4  State backs autonomy Apr.20  Exit polls projected Lugo winning Mar.7 Leaders say Colombia crisis over. Dominican Republic Mar.3  Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.2 Voters reject Chavez's referendum
. Venezuela Oct.28 Fernandez claims victory. Argentina Oct.4 Pinochet family arrested. Chile Sep.21   Chile court extradites Fujimori   Supreme Court has approved the extradition of Peru's former President. He is to be sent back to Peru May.27  TV station off the air May.26  Tens of thousands protest over TV issue May.9  Pope lays down law on abortion Mar.9  Bush shrugs off Chavez's taunts Jan.18  Rule by decree passed for Chavez Jan.8  Chavez bid for more state control

year 2006 Top ^

Dec.12  Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet Dec.10     General Pinochet dead
Map of Santiago Chile
  Chile: Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital.    Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporte...
Dec.3     Chavez wins by wide margin   Venezuela: Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term Nov.26  Correa claims victory Nov.1  Venezuela, Guatemala quit race Oct.29   President Lula re-elected  Brazil: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a landslide victory in the 2nd round of presidential elections Oct.16  No winner for seat Aug.14  Chavez at Castro's bedside in new photos Jun.4  Peruvians elect Garcia president Apr.29  Leftist trio seals Americas pact Apr.9  Exit polls: Leftist leads Jan.25  Pinochet's daughter seeks asylum in U.S. Jan.15 Bachelet wins presidency  Chile: Socialist Michelle Bachelet appeared to have won a solid victory to become the country's first woman president

year 2005 Top ^

Dec.18  Leftist Morales poised to lead Nov.24   Pinochet charged over dissidents  Chile: Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest Nov.6  Fujimori under arrest Nov.5  Americas summit ends without consensus Nov.4  Summit protest turns violent Jun.9  Rodriguez sworn in as interim president Apr.20  Congress votes out president

year 2004 Top ^

Aug.16   Recall vote: Chavez claims victory  Venezuela: Initial results showed about 58% voted to keep the president in office while 42% favored ousting him

year 2002 Top ^

Oct.27 Leftist Lula wins presidency by landslide
. Brazil Aug.7  Blasts kill 17 as Uribe takes office Apr.14  Chavez returns to power

year 2001 Top ^

Dec.20  President resigns

year 2000 Top ^

Nov.20  Fujimori resigns May.24  Pinochet's immunity ends Jan.17  Socialist candidate elected president
before year 2000
Feb. 12, 1818 Independence of Chile proclaimed  The War of Independence was an armed conflict between pro-independence criollos seeking independence from Spain and royalist criollos Jul. 24, 1783   Simon Bolivar born
Map of Caracas Venezuela
  Venezuela: Played an instrumental role in the establishment of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states independent of Spain



  Venezuela opposition wins majority in National Assembly Map of CARACAS Venezuela  The opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power Conservative Mauricio Macri wins Argentina presidency Map of Buenos Aires Argentina




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2015
Dec.9  Argentina's Fernandez bids emotional farewell
Dec.8  Venezuela election: Opposition 'supermajority' confirmed
Dec.6
Nov.22
  Macri has been confirmed as the winner after his ruling party opponent conceded. Macri led Daniel Scioli by 51.5% to 48.5%
2014 Nov.30  Leftist leader wins Uruguay's presidency Oct.26   Dilma Rousseff re-elected Brazilian president
  Left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected president of Brazil, after securing 51.45% of votes in a closely-fought election Oct.12 Morales claims Bolivia election win Oct.5 Rousseff set to face Brazil run-off Jun.15  Santos re-elected in Colombian poll 2013 Dec.15 Huge poll win for Chilean left Apr.15  Venezuela challenger demands recount Apr.14 Maduro wins Venezuela election   Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro, who was chosen by Chavez as his successor, has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll Feb.17  Ecuador's Correa is re-elected Feb.3  Paraguay candidate Oviedo killed 2012 Oct.7   Chavez wins Venezuela election  President Hugo Chavez has won a fourth term in office, after opposition leader Henrique Capriles admitted defeat 2011 Oct.23  Fernandez heads for Argentina win 2010 Oct.31 Brazil elects first female president Jun.20 Santos wins election  Colombia: Governing party candidate Juan Manuel Santos has won the final round of elections. He was ahead of Antanas Mockus by more than 40 points May.30 Ex-Minister Santos leads in vote. Colombia Jan.17 Billionaire Pinera wins presidential election  Chile: Conservative Sebastian Pinera has won presidential run-off, ending two decades of centre-left rule 2009 Apr.26  Correa claims re-election win Jan.25  Bolivians 'back new constitution' 2008 May.4  State backs autonomy Apr.20  Exit polls projected Lugo winning 2007 Dec.2 Voters reject Chavez's referendum. Venezuela Oct.28 Fernandez claims victory. Argentina 2006 Dec.3   Chavez wins by wide margin   Venezuela: Hugo Chavez takes 61% of vote to challenger's 38% to win re-election to another 6-year term Nov.26  Correa claims victory Oct.29 President Lula re-elected  Brazil: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a landslide victory in the 2nd round of presidential elections Jun.4  Peruvians elect Garcia president Apr.9  Exit polls: Leftist leads Jan.15 Bachelet wins presidency  Chile: Socialist Michelle Bachelet appeared to have won a solid victory to become the country's first woman president 2005 Dec.18  Leftist Morales poised to lead 2004 Aug.16 Recall vote: Chavez claims victory  Venezuela: Initial results showed about 58% voted to keep the president in office while 42% favored ousting him 2002 Oct.27 Leftist Lula wins presidency by landslide. Brazil 2000 Jan.17  Socialist candidate elected president



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2016 Jan. 15  Nicolas Maduro declares emergency 2014 Jun.7  Colombia government and Farc to set up truth commission 2013 May.16  Venezuela to import 50M rolls of toilet pape



South America, Politics Environmental Politics Timeline ... See World Environmental Politics timeline Top ^
2014 Dec.14 Deal reached at UN climate talks   Peru: United Nations members have have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year Dec.12  Climate summit goes into overtime



South America, Politics Religion Timeline ... See World Religion timeline Top ^
2015 Jul.7  Paramedics treat 20 for hypothermia ahead of Pope visit Jul.5  Pope Francis starts Latin American visit in Ecuador 2013 Jul.27  Pope Francis draws 3M to Rio vigil Jul.23  Thousands attend Brazil youth Mass Mar.13   Church picks first South American pope
  Vatican: Jorge Bergoglio made history as the first non-European pope of the modern era , the first Jesuit and the first to assume the name Francis
 The election of a new Pope was signalled by white smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney. Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church's new Pope Francis
2007 May.9  Pope lays down law on abortion



South America, Politics Political Law Timeline ... See World Political Law timeline Top ^
2015 Dec.30  Venezuela court suspends three new opposition MPs 2010 Feb.26  High court: Uribe can't run for third term



South America, Politics Media Politics Timeline ... See World Media Politics timeline Top ^
2007 May.27  TV station off the air



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2008 May.24 FARC leader dead
. Colombia



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2010 Feb.22  Argentina rallies support over Falklands 2008 Nov.22 Apec leaders make free-trade vow
. Peru Mar.7 Leaders say Colombia crisis over. Dominican Republic 2005 Nov.5  Americas summit ends without consensus



South America, Politics Immigration Timeline ... See World Immigration timeline Top ^
2012 Aug.16 Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange
2006 Jan.25  Pinochet's daughter seeks asylum in U.S.



South America, Politics Agreement Timeline ... See World Agreement timeline Top ^
2015 Dec.15  Farc: Colombia president hails 'important step' to peace 2009 Sep.13  Chavez in $2bn Russian arms deal 2006 Apr.29  Leftist trio seals Americas pact



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2013 Sep.17  Rousseff's U.S. visit postponed over alleged spying 2007 Mar.9  Bush shrugs off Chavez's taunts 2006 Aug.14  Chavez at Castro's bedside in new photos



South America, Politics Human Rights Timeline ... See World Human Rights timeline Top ^
2005 Nov.24   Pinochet charged over dissidents  Chile: Former military ruler has been ordered to stay under house arrest 2000 May.24  Pinochet's immunity ends



South America, Politics Embassy Timeline ... See World Embassy timeline Top ^
2013 Sep.30  Venezuela expels three US diplomats 2012 Jun.19 WikiLeakers founder seeks asylum in Ecuador
. London 2010 Jul.22 Venezuela breaks relations with Colombia 2008 Sep.11 Venezuela to expel U.S. ambassador Mar.3  Ecuador cuts ties with Colombia



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2010 Aug.10 Colombia, Venezuela to restore ties




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2015 Dec.18  Brazil's pro-austerity Finance Minister Joaquim Levy replaced Sep.10 Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez sentenced
2014 Jun.10 Blatter still has burning desire to be FIFA's president. Sao Paulo Feb.18 Venezuelan opposition leader in custody 2013 Mar.8  Venezuela swears in acting president Feb.18   Venezuela's Chavez finally returns home   President Hugo Chavez announced his return to Venezuela from Cuba early Monday, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment Jan.3  Chavez battling 'severe' lung infection 2012 Dec.30 Chavez suffers new complications. Cuba Dec.11  President Chavez's cancer surgery 'successful' Jun.23 No warm welcome for Paraguay's new president 2011 Nov.15  Colombia Farc rebels name leader Jul.4  Chavez addresses Caracas crowds 2010 Sep.30 Ecuador troops rescue president   President Rafael Correa has made a triumphant return to his offices after being rescued by soldiers amid a pitched battle with mutinous poli... Mar.11  Pinera sworn in as president 2009 Aug.21 Defence minister-designate on Interpol list. Iran 2007 Oct.4 Pinochet family arrested. Chile 2005 Nov.6  Fujimori under arrest Jun.9  Rodriguez sworn in as interim president 2002 Aug.7  Blasts kill 17 as Uribe takes office Apr.14  Chavez returns to power 2001 Dec.20  President resigns 2000 Nov.20  Fujimori resigns 1889 Jul. 24, 1783   Simon Bolivar born Map of Caracas Venezuela
  Venezuela: Played an instrumental role in the establishment of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia as sovereign states independent of Spain




South America, Politics Reforms Timeline ... See World Reforms timeline Top ^
2013 Jun.21  Brazil president announces reforms



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2015 Mar.15  Big rallies against Brazil president 2014 Feb.15  Protests, violence continue in Venezuela 2013 Jun.17 Protests spread throughout Brazil  Sao Paulo: Tens of thousands of people marched through Sao Paulo, as protests spread over rising transport prices and the cost of staging the World Cup 2009 Jun.5  Deadly clashes in Peru's Amazon 2008 Dec.9 Protesters: 9,000 disappeared in 2 years
. Rio de Janeiro 2007 May.26  Tens of thousands protest over TV issue 2005 Nov.4  Summit protest turns violent



South America, Politics Security Timeline ... See World Security timeline Top ^
2015 Aug.15  Ecuador's president declares state of emergency as volcano belches ash 2008 Sep.14  Morales struggling to control Bolivia



South America, Politics Homosexual Timeline ... See World Homosexual timeline Top ^
2010 Jul.15 Argentina legalises gay marriage




South America, Politics Female Politics Timeline ... See World Female Politics timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.1  Brazil inaugurates first female president



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2014 Aug.13 Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash Map of Santos Brazil  Sao Paulo: Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported 2013 Mar.5   Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies
  A deeply divided Venezuela is mourning its late leader and preparing to pick a new president to replace him.    Venezuelan officials called for peace and unity after the death, emphasizing in state T...
2006 Dec.12  Hecklers, admirers bid farewell to Pinochet Dec.10   General Pinochet dead
Map of Santiago Chile
  Chile: Chilean TV reports: The 91-year-old former military leader Augusto Pinochet has died at a Santiago military hospital.    Augusto Pinochet was in power from 1973-90 after overthrowing the government when 3,000 people were killed or disappeared. Supporte...




South America, Politics Parliament Timeline ... See World Parliament timeline Top ^
2013 Jan.5 Chavez ally elected by assembly
. Venezuela 2010 Dec.17 Chavez gets power to govern by decree. Venezuela 2007 Jan.18  Rule by decree passed for Chavez 2005 Apr.20  Congress votes out president