CARACAS, Venezuela—Key events in Hugo Chavez's political life:

Feb. 4, 1992—Army paratrooper Lt. Col. Chavez leads botched coup against President Carlos Andres Perez.

March 26, 1994—After two years in jail, Chavez and fellow plotters set free when President Rafael Caldera dismisses charges.

Dec. 6, 1998—Chavez wins presidential election, promising to seek "third way" between socialism and capitalism.

Dec. 15, 1999—Venezuelans vote to accept a Chavez-backed constitution. It changes country's name to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, lengthens presidential term from five years to six.

July 30, 2000—Elected to new six-year term.

April 11, 2002—Gunfire erupts as protesters demanding Chavez's resignation march toward presidential palace; 19 people killed. Dissident generals oust Chavez. Interim government throws out constitution.

April 14, 2002—After huge protests by Chavez supporters, loyal army officers rescue Chavez, restore him to power.

Aug. 15, 2004—Venezuelans overwhelmingly vote "no" in referendum asking if Chavez should leave office immediately.

Dec. 14, 2004—Chavez signs agreement with Fidel Castro that evolves into leftist Bolivarian Alliance bloc as other Latin American and Caribbean nations join.

Sept. 7, 2005—Creates Petrocaribe agreement to sell oil on preferential credit terms to more than dozen countries.

Dec. 4, 2005—President's allies win all 167 seats in legislature as opposition parties boycott election.

Dec. 3, 2006—Re-elected to six-year term, capturing 63 percent of vote.

Dec. 2, 2007—Voters reject constitutional amendments proposed by Chavez, setback for his drive to transform Venezuela into socialist state.

Feb. 15, 2009—Chavez wins referendum that allows him to run for re-election indefinitely and vows to remain in power for at least another decade.

Sept. 27, 2010—In congressional elections, Chavez's allies lose two-thirds majority that has allowed them to ignore opponents in rewriting fundamental laws and appointing key officials. His allies retain majority.

Dec. 17, 2010—Outgoing congress grants Chavez power to enact laws by decree for 18 months.

June 10, 2011—Chavez undergoes surgery in Cuba for pelvic abscess.

Feb. 26, 2012—Chavez has second operation to remove tumor from same location in pelvic region.

July 9, 2012—Chavez announces he is "totally free" of cancer.

Oct. 7, 2012—Chavez wins new six-year term with 55 percent of vote.