Today: Carlos Andres Perez, Ex-Prez and Hugo Chavez Foe, Headed To Venezuela For Burial
Even in death, Carlos Andres Perez managed to ruffle his nemesis Hugo Chavez's feathers. After the ex-president passed away in Miami last Christmas, his body was caught in a tug-of-war between Chavez loyalists and the Magic City's anti-regime exiles as two sides of his family battled over whether to bury him here or back in Caracas.
Perez served as Venezuela's president twice, first during the oil boom years from 1973 - 78 and then again in 1988.
In '92, he crushed Chavez's first attempted coup, sending the young lieutenant colonel to prison and winning his reputation among other Chavez foes as a symbol of resistance to the Bolivarian strongman. (Of course, CAP was also arrested the next year and charged with massive corruption, but that's another tale).
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