January 15, 2013

Venezuela's Looming Political Civil War

Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld

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Now that the legalist debate is left behind, a hardly-hidden, protracted power struggle is bound to come to the forefront of Venezuelan politics with renewed vigor. The struggle involves two major factions: The first group, led by Vice President Maduro, embodies the doctrinaire wing of Chavism and has the blessing and support of the Castro brothers, whose influence on Chavez and his regime could hardly be overestimated. The second group is personified by Mr. Cabello, who has strong ties with the military (where he comes from) and with the new oligarchy that has blossomed under the umbrella of the Chavez regime.

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