Diosdado Cabello likely to retain Congress Speaker's gavel
International news agency Reuters said that Diosdado Cabello is the highest-profile military ally of Hugo Chávez in government. He presided over the National Assembly since early 2011, thus allowing him to strengthen the power and leadership he gained during more than a decade in various government posts
Under the Venezuelan Constitution, the National Assembly Speaker must take over the presidential office and call elections within 30 days if the president-elect is unable to take power on January 10. This seems the most likely scenario, as the date approaches and Chávez has not recovered, Reuters added.
After his fourth surgery, which he underwent in Cuba on December 11, Chávez suffered complications, including bleeding and an infection causing a respiratory failure.
Cabello is the highest-profile military ally of Hugo Chávez in government. He presided over the National Assembly since early 2011, thus allowing him to strengthen the power and leadership he gained during more than a decade in various government posts, including the vice-president's office and the Miranda state governor's office, among others.
Parliamentary sources told Reuters that the most likely scenario is that Cabello, who stood next to Chávez when he announced the recurrence of cancer last month, would be reelected as Congress Speaker, thus ensuring a smooth transition towards a new presidential vote.
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.