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Rival birthdays: Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Guaido share day

July 28, 2019
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A mural of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez decorates a wall at the 4F military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 28, 2019, on his birthday anniversary. Venezuelans are paying homage Chávez on the day of his birth, which happens to coincide with the birthday of one of the nation’s leading opposition figures, Juan Guaidó . (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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A mural of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez decorates a wall at the 4F military museum in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 28, 2019, on his birthday anniversary. Venezuelans are paying homage Chávez on the day of his birth, which happens to coincide with the birthday of one of the nation’s leading opposition figures, Juan Guaidó . (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans paid homage Sunday to the late socialist leader Hugo Chávez on the day of his birth — which coincides with the birthday of one of the nation’s leading opposition figures.

Supporters of Chávez gathered in Caracas at the mausoleum where his remains are kept.

Officials recalled anecdotes from Chávez’s life and vowed to continue pushing forward his vision for Venezuela.

Chávez’s legacy remains polarizing in the country as it endures a severe economic and humanitarian crisis that has compelled millions to flee.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by over 50 nations as Venezuela’s rightful president, was born on the same day as Chávez. He held a small, private celebration with family.

Supporters of both men hold them up as figures that exemplify what they believe Venezuela should represent.

The nation is currently in the throes of a prolonged standoff between the opposition and Chávez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolás Maduro.

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