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The insider's guide to Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has unveiled a softer image in the run-up to his bid to win a third term of office on December 3. Here's all you need to know about the Latin American firebrand.

Hugo Chavez -- he's the Bush-baiter with the big mouth, right?

Chavez has made a name for himself internationally over the past few years thanks to his flamboyant taste in fiery anti-American rhetoric. Only last month at the U.N. General Assembly he described George W. Bush as "the devil" and said he could still smell "the sulfur" in the chamber after the U.S. President's speech. But Chavez is more of a renaissance man than most people realize: a president, soldier, philosopher, baseball player, crooner -- and a poet and a lover.

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