Analyst: "Chávez took the first step towards his substitution"
Analyst Luis Vicente León believes that the Venezuelan president wants his party to bind with his Foreign Minister and Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro
Addressing citizens through a mandatory nationwide TV and radio broadcast, Chávez informed he had to undergo a new surgery considering the emergence of "malignant cells" in his body.
"I believe his message was clear and accurate. That is the first step towars his substitution," León remarked.
The head of Datanálisis explained that by announcing a possible substitute, Chávez prevents any risks that may lead to a division within the revolutionary ranks.
"It was very important to make such an appointment (of Chávez's successor) while still alive. While you are still alive and control power it is actually easier. Power provides charm and the capacity to make any threats," the analyst said.
León noted, "Once Chávez has appointed him (Maduro) as his substitute, uncertainty is over. This will make many pro-Chávez utilitarian people bind rapidly with Maduro because they clearly know what the route is."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.