December 19, 2012

U.S. Sizes Up a Venezuela Without Chavez

Charles Shapiro, Miami Herald

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When Venezuela President Hugo Chávez announced that his cancer was back and he was returning to Cuba for surgery, he was flanked by two men: On his left was his vice president, Nicolas Maduro, and on his right was Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly. The presence of these two men is significant. Chávez was sending an unambiguous message to his supporters. If his health were to prevent him from finishing out his term — or being sworn in Jan. 10 for his fourth term, as the information minister has said might be a possibility — these were men he trusted to continue his “Bolivarian Revolution.”

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TAGGED: South America, Latin America, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela

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