January 10, 2013

Is Chavez Still President of Venezuela?

Tim Padgett, Time

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro is an ardent defender of democracy’s institutional processes — at least in other countries. Last summer Maduro, who is also Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, flew into Asunción as part of a delegation of the Union of South American Nations and declared — correctly — that the Paraguayan Congress’ summary ouster of leftist President Fernando Lugo had been “a violation of all due process.” Maduro was also a justifiably outspoken critic of the 2009 coup that overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

But Maduro seems to have more trouble recognizing constitutionally cavalier conduct, including his own, inside the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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