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Marksman was born of a peasant woman and a German immigrant who worked as an ironworker union organizer. When she was in her 30s she met the future Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who was then married and in his twenties. She became his mistress from 1983 to 1992. They both were students of socialism and idealistic and she helped him in his academic studies. After the failed 1992 coup attempt Chavez left both his first wife and mistress.
Marksman now repudiates Chavez, and describes his government as imposing a "fascist dictatorship". She has also written several essays and a book titled El otro Chávez, "the other Chavez", describing her relationship with him.
- Henriquez, Monica (April 2003). "What's happened to Venezuela's dream of progress?". Red Pepper. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- "My lover, the great dictator". The Sunday Times. 14 May 2006. p. 21.
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