CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has presented his country with a plan to deepen his push for socialism and entrench his movement in power as he runs for another six-year term amid questions of whether he will overcome cancer.

Chavez's 23-page "Bolivarian Socialist" proposal was inserted in the government newspaper Ciudad CCS on Tuesday. It was distributed online after he presented it to elections officials on Monday.

The document lays out broad goals such as pledges to keep "building 21st century Bolivarian socialism," while also detailing mundane specifics on pig farms, oil drilling, neighborhood committees and fertilizer output.

Chavez's proposal says one overarching aim is "guaranteeing the continuity and consolidation of the Bolivarian Revolution in power."

The 57-year-old president rallied supporters on Monday when he danced, sang and delivered a fiery speech after registering his candidacy for the Oct. 7 presidential vote. His energetic performance offered a preview of a campaign in which he is likely to push his limits trying to show Venezuelans he is emerging from his illness.

"We're just warming up our engines," Chavez said. Then he took a jab at his rival, saying opposition candidate Henrique Capriles would "run out of gasoline" during the campaign, which begins in July.

Chavez has limited his recent public appearances after undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. He has not disclosed details such as the type of cancer or the precise location of two tumors that were surgically removed from his pelvic region during the past year.

The former army paratroop commander has been in office since 1999 and says he has begun to lead Venezuela toward socialism through a range of programs for the poor, increased government economic controls and nationalizations of businesses including cement companies and steel plants.

The document presented by Chavez lays out what appears to be a laundry list of tasks he views as unfinished business. Some are specific projects, such as speeding construction of a factory to assemble Chinese-made appliances in Venezuela.

Others are big national goals, such as increasing the country's food production by 45 percent. The oil-exporting country imports most of its food.

Chavez's plan runs 39 pages in its online version and includes ideas Chavez has been talking about for years, such as strengthening Venezuela's military, maintaining state control of the oil industry and promoting a "multi-polar" world.

It also goes further in saying the country should "pass the point of no return, to make the transition toward socialism irreversible."

Capriles and other opposition politicians contend that Chavez's policies have wrecked the economy and made the country unattractive to investment.

The 39-year-old opposition leader exuded youthful energy Sunday by leading a huge crowd of supporters to the same elections office that Chavez visited, working up a sweat as he walked and jogged six miles (10 kilometers) across the city.

Capriles won a February primary vote to become the opposition's single candidate. He says he favors social programs for the poor but also criticizes the government's expropriations of private businesses and says if elected he would encourage private investment to create jobs. Capriles also has promised to fight violent crime and corruption.


Associated Press writer Christopher Toothaker contributed to this report.


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  • February 4, 1992

    In February 1992, Venezuelan lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías led a loyal secretive military cell, the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement, in a coup to overthrow the government of President Carlos Andres Perez. The coup, known as Operation Zamora, failed and Chávez was arrested.

  • March 26, 1994

    In March 1994, Chávez was released from jail by newly elected Venezuelan president Rafael Caldera. In the following years, Chávez traveled across Venezuela and Latin America to talk about his political views and founded a social democratic party, the Fifth Republic Movement, in 1997.

  • December 6, 1998

    In December 1998 Chávez was elected president of Venezuela, supported by the poor and large parts of the middle class. He was inaugurated in February 1999 in Caracas, giving a remarkable speech in which he announced sweeping reforms.

  • Chávez during his inauguration as president in February 1999.

  • As president, Chávez formed close ties with socialist leaders of neighboring countries; Cuba's Fidel Castro and Bolivia's Evo Morales.

  • In 2000, Chávez was reelected for a second term. During the president's second term, Venezuela became one of the world's largest exporters of crude oil. Chávez nationalized much of the oil industry under a state run-company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. During his second term, Chávez stepped up criticism of the United States, coming out as a strong opponent of American intervention in the Middle East.

  • January 2001

    In January 2001, a first series of massive demonstrations broke out as thousands protested the government's suggested educational reforms.

  • April 11, 2002

    In April 2002, new large protest take a violent turn. Twenty people were killed and over a hundred were wounded. A group of high-ranking officers launched a coup against the president and Chávez agreed to step down. Yet only days later, newly appointed president Pedro Carmona resigned and Chávez took over control.

  • April 14, 2002

    Chávez addresses the nation after being back in power on April 14, 2002.

  • December 2002

    Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in December 2002, demanding the ouster of the presidents. Venezuela was held in the grip of a two-month long strike that crippled the country's economy.

  • August 14, 2004

    An August 2004-referendum to recall Chávez from power fails.

  • December 2006

    In December 2006, Chávez is reelected for a third term in office, again taking home a landslide victory. "Today, a new era has started, with the expansion of the revolution, of a revolutionary democracy," Chavez supporter crowds.

  • February 19, 2009

    In a 2009-referendum Venezuelans approved an alteration of the constitution, abolishing the two-term limit for public offices. The change clears the path for Chávez to run in the 2012 elections.

  • June 2011

    After traveling to Cuba for treatment, Chávez announced he underwent cancer surgery and would start chemotherapy. The president did not specify which cancer he was fighting.