Monday, December 31, 2012

Chavez in 2013

The biggest story at the end of 2012, which may well be the biggest Latin America story of 2013, is the Hugo Chavez saga. What a mess. From the AP:

"The president gave us precise instructions so that, after finishing the visit, we would tell the (Venezuelan) people about his current health condition," Maduro said. "President Chávez's state of health continues to be delicate, with complications that are being attended to, in a process not without risks."

So Chavez gave precise instructions not to tell the Venezuelan people anything of substance about the state of their president's health. Instead, they are told by the government that the constitution--which Chavez wrote--will not be followed.

It's no wonder, then, that Chavez specifically addressed the military from his hiding place. It is entirely possible that in a few short days, the military will be asked to accede to the government's demand that the constitution not be followed because Chavez didn't want it to be (for the relevant constitutional issues, see this previous post) because ultimately it didn't say what he really wanted it to.

If Chavez cannot be sworn in, then this boils down to the army, sadly still the last arbiter in so many Latin American countries. Cabello, not Maduro, has the military ties, but how much does that matter? Where does the institution's allegiance lie once Chavez is gone? We'll find out in 2013.


Justin Delacour 4:47 PM  

Well, it's worth noting that the leader of the Venezuelan opposition himself doesn't agree with your interpretation of the country's constitution and has the decency not to play politics with Chavez's precarious health.

Henrique Capriles' precise words are as follows: “It’s important to be very serious and transparent regarding this: a person who can’t swear in on the established day doesn’t lose his/her condition as president-elect."

Defensores de Democracia 5:47 PM  

Mr Weeks

Have a nice year 2013 and thanks for your articles and comments.

This article in "The Economist" can be of interest for you and your readers :

The lottery of life
Where to be born in 2013

Nov 21st 2012 | from The World In 2013 print edition

Surprisingly Germany and the United States are not among the best 15 countries.

And going to Latin America :

Cuba is better than Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and others.

But Cuba is worse than Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

Chile is better than Japan, France, Britain, and Spain to go through a Vaginal Channel.

And Colombia is better than Venezuela. ( Even if Venezuela is a sea of petroleum oil )

Have a nice year 2012

And read the Economist here


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