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By Jean-Wisly Simon

No Political Vacuum after Chavez in Venezuela?

Although most foreign strategists have foreseen political uncertainty after Chavez, his last public appeal to his followers, at the end of last year, seemed to stop a political vacuum in Venezuela after the announcement of his death. Venezuela, as a Country without doubt, is experiencing a difficult time with the President death this week.

And most people could agree with that, the Venezuelan People has shown maturity during this ordeal. The debate now is ‘what is next for the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ that Chavez has initiated in the region and even beyond?’

If you are looking for partisans of Mr. Chavez’s policies, I do not share most of them; however, as an elected official his reasoning had been echoed throughout the world as somebody who chose to modify many polities in Venezuela and even influenced the dynamic of foreign policies in many ways widely. This is important and most political strategists did not see it coming.

While you can disagree with him, about utilizing his country’s wealth to help other nations (among them some corrupt regimes who use the money for their own good); nonetheless, his intention was good. So, one has to ask: How did he do that? And now what?

Obviously, there is no political vacuum after his death in Venezuela, according to the New York Times, “On the streets, the vast majority of Chávez supporters say they will vote for Mr. Maduro, often for the simple reason that Mr. Chávez told them to before he succumbed to cancer. At the procession on Wednesday, some actually chanted as the coffin passed, “Chávez, I swear it, I will vote for Maduro!”

You can see he had been seen as a “Hero” for many inside and outside of his country. How had he been able to do all that? And why?

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