Hugo Chavez’ death from pelvic cancer at age 58 was announced today by VP Nicolas Maduro. Chavez has said in the past that his “imperialist” enemies in the U.S. were responsible for his cancer. Venezuelan Vice President Maduro echoed that sentiment today saying that Chavez’ “old enemies” looked for ways to harm Chavez. [YNET News]
Chavez has not been the ruler of Venezuela for some time. The Castro Brothers are de facto rulers.
The Venezuelan constitution calls for a special election, which may or may not happen. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’ hand-picked successor will likely run against Henrique Capriles Radonski, a state governor. [YNET News]
Former Ambassador Reich said that the Castro Brothers have been ruling Venezuela and they will continue to rule after Hugo Chavez dies.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich tells Newsmax that whoever replaces ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is “not going to be good for the United States” — which has seen its influence in Latin America drop to an all-time low under President Obama.
President Maduro said in January that it would be no problem to swear Chavez in after he recovers from cancer surgery [He knew at the time that Chavez would never recover]. This is allegedly a violation of the Venezuelan Constitution. [France24]
Chuck Hagel will probably work to lift the Cuban Embargo and attempt to have a cozy relationship with these devout Communist dictators. Great…
Hagel first wrote to President Clinton in 1999 after Clinton announced he was loosening restrictions on humanitarian aid and travel to Cuba, calling it a “good first step.” But Hagel added “he should have done more.”
When calling for a bipartisan commission to review the U.S. policy toward Cuba, Hagel called it “outdated and ineffective, and not relevant for the next century.”