Venezuela celebrates birthday of late leader Chavez
CARACAS (AFP) - Hugo Chavez died five months ago, but that hasn't stopped his hand-picked successor from holding week-long festivities honouring the late Venezuelan leader's birthday.
The fiery former military officer who dominated the country's political scene from the moment he took office in 1999 to his death in March this year, would have turned 59 on Sunday.
President Nicolas Maduro is marking the occasion with public dances and concerts. He even plans to go house-to-house in some neighbourhoods bearing gifts and a message from the "supreme comandante."
Mr Chavez's legacy however has divided the country, with about half the population blaming him or Mr Maduro for the country's miserable economy and sky-high crime rate.