The short-run future of post-Hugo Chávez Venezuela is uncertain. With the chavista presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro claiming a razor-thin victory over his democratic opponent, the election result could produce a governability crisis in a country already wracked by political polarization, economic collapse, food shortages, power outages, and criminal violence. The international community — particularly in Washington — avoided confrontations with Chávez. However, failing to stand with democratic elements today could result in a missed opportunity to give the Venezuelan people a chance to recover their country and their future.
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As the facts behind Nicolás Maduro’s fabricated electoral “victory” on April 14 are disclosed, his legitimacy and ability to govern will be decimated.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/05/3381857/venezuelas-cubanochavista-electoral.html#storylink=cpy
Since 2010, there have been 16 negotiating sessions for the TPP. Talks this year represent the beginning of the 'endgame' for creating this crucial trans-Pacific economic architecture. Should the upcoming bargaining reach a stalemate during the fall, it is likely that the whole project will begin to unravel in 2014.
In the days and weeks ahead in a post- Hugo Chávez Venezuela, there may be political turmoil and perhaps even violent unrest. However, rather than being consumed by a mafia-style power struggle within chavismo, Venezuelans of good will should begin the hard work of building a national consensus to restore...
Hugo Chavez’s death could very well result in an uncertain and unstable succession battle that will define Venezuela’s future for better or worse.