RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Having weathered punishing sanctions and thinly veiled US invasion threats, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro hopes to take Congress back from the opposition in Sunday's elections.
Here is a timeline of the leftist leader's seven tumultuous years in power:
Chavez dies, Maduro rises
In March 2013, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, -- in office since 1999 and initiator of its socialist-inspired "Bolivarian Revolution" -- dies of cancer.
Maduro, his vice president and heir apparent, narrowly wins a disputed election the following month.
Protests and crackdown
A deepening economic crisis sparks months of . . .