From Cuba, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez uses Twitter to govern country

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is using Twitter as a tool to govern remotely while he undergoes cancer treatment in Cuba.

In more than 40 messages this week on his “chavezcandanga” account, he has approved money for a Caracas trash collection project, praised plans for a new park and cheered on the national soccer team.

Chavez hasn’t mentioned anything about his chemotherapy but has alluded to his personal battle time and again, as he did in one tweet to a supporter on Tuesday: “We’re moving along here, brother! With God and the Virgin!”

Most of his messages have had the tone of a patriotic father figure connecting with his public. Chavez boasts more than 1.8 million followers, and his messages also regularly pop up on the screen on state television in Venezuela.

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11 Comments

  1. ?
    July 23, 2011

    “patriotic father figure connecting with his public” OR master manipulator afraid to lose that grip he has on the Venezuelan people.

  2. goshhh
    July 22, 2011

    viva Chavez and Venezuela, viva skerrit and dominica…dont kno wat u all are saying and i dont care wat you all think but thanks to the almighty for these men..Am here in Venezuela studing to be a doctor,,,

    • 1979
      July 22, 2011

      And you are apparently the spokesperson for latin american affairs as well? Concentrate on your studies, or change you doctorate to political studies…don’t you think?

      • July 23, 2011

        YEAH. AND HAVE YOUR CLOTHS WASHED… NOT YOUR BRAIN

  3. 1979
    July 22, 2011

    once a man twice a child, remember that and reflect on what you do, pose yourself into somebody that can be beloved and trusted. so that when the time comes, you are not met with the contempt of those whom you have been sworn in oath to serve and protect. viva Dominica!

  4. way papa
    July 22, 2011

    Those power a****ls like Chavez even on their dying beds they want to hold unto power.When I last checked i was reminded that power belongs to God.Sadam thought he was immortal Bin Laden thought he invincible its only a matter of time major Chavez.The picture says sick Chavez. when a man is sick he has to stay away and concentrate on getting better but those guy just cant help it.

  5. July 22, 2011

    THIS I WHO SKERRIT WANTS TO BE. HE WANT THE UNQUESTIONING ADORATION OF THE PEOPLE, BUT IT WILL NOT WORK HERE.

  6. Lavie Dominique
    July 22, 2011

    The hardest thing in the world for any dictator to do is to give up power even for a little while especially those who obtained that power and keeping that power through nefarious means. They are in a constant state of paranoia. This behavior is consistent with despots. Not at all surprising!

  7. Anonymous
    July 22, 2011

    an astounding inovative and patriotic commitment to solve problems even in his times of challenge.

    • Alas Alas
      July 22, 2011

      Yeah right

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