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CHÁVEZ'S HEALTH

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

Late on Saturday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced we would undergo a new surgery in view of the appearance of "malignant cells" (Photo: AVN)
REYES THEIS |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday December 10, 2012  11:24 AM
"Not only does (Foreign Minister and Executive Vice-President) Nicolás Maduro have to complete the (presidential) term, but you must choose Nicolás Maduro as president. This is my strong view (...) if such scenario leads to new elections as provided for in the Constitution." The words of Venezuela President Hugo Chávez took the whole country by surprise on Saturday. Datanálisis president Luis Vicente León said the leader did just what he ought to do.

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
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