March 30, 2013

No Clear Leader of Latin America Left

Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

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Venezuelans will head to the polls April 14 to elect a successor to the late President Hugo Chávez. While Nicolás Maduro, Chávez’s handpicked candidate, is favored to win, it’s not as clear who will inherit the populist’s mantle as the ideological leader of the Latin left. With his strident anti-Americanism and insistence on Latin American unity, Chávez championed the poor and thwarted a U.S.-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas at the same time he pushed regional alliances and hemispheric trade blocks as a counterweight to what he perceived as too much U.S. influence in the region. And there seems to be a desire among the Latin left to keep those efforts alive.

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TAGGED: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Latin America

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