Faced with the possible end of his life, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez wants to make sure his corrupt reign modeled after the Castro dictatorship in Cuba and euphemistically referred to 21st Century Socialism continues after his passing. So, of course he has named a suitable successor, Nicolas Maduro; another anti-American, corrupt leftist and close friend of the Cuban dictatorship.
Chavez Names Loyalist Heir as Venezuela Eyes Succession
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named a longtime ally with close ties to Cuba his heir apparent as the cancer-stricken leader prepares for a potential departure after almost 14 years in power.
Chavez, in a nationwide address over the weekend, said he was throwing his “irrevocable, absolute” support behind Vice President Nicolas Maduro to lead his 21st century socialist revolution should he be unable to carry out his duties. Chavez made the comments as he prepared to fly to Cuba for surgery, his fourth in 18 months, to treat an undisclosed form of cancer that he said reappeared in exams after winning re-election Oct. 7.
Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, has been one of Chavez’s closest civilian allies since the then tank commandr first attracted national attention by leading a failed 1992 coup. While the president’s endorsement carries weight with Chavez’s base among the poor, a succession battle involving the more business-friendly, military wing of his movement and against a revitalized opposition is only beginning as the strongman’s grip on power weakens.
Maduro, 50, is one of Chavez’s longest-serving aides, having been the president of the National Assembly before becoming Foreign Minister in 2006. As Venezuela’s top diplomat, he traveled frequently to Cuba while building Chavez’s anti- American alliance with countries including Iran and Nicaragua.
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