Guardian . Hugo Chávez showed that the west’s ways aren’t always best
Venezuela’s late leader demonstrated, however messily, that western democracy is not fundamental to development.
Economist . Mr Chávez proceeded to dominate his country for more than 14 years until his death this week from cancer. His secret was to invent a hybrid regime. He preserved the outward forms of democracy, but behind them he concentrated power in his own hands and manipulated the law to further his own ends. He bullied opponents, and encouraged the middle class to emigrate.
MondeDiplomatique . L’Amérique latine dit adieu à Hugo Chávez