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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:21 PM

Chavez absence poses problems for military

Hugo Chavez's long sick leave in Cuba has created serious obstacles for the Venezuelan military, which looks to the ailing president for hands-on leadership as its commander-in-chief, analysts say.

Chavez, 58, is a soldier by training and during his 14 years in power has transformed the once symbolic role into one with direct operational control.

Promotions, appointments, salary increases, the annual budget and the movement of troops in the event of a conflict all fall under the purview of the leftist leader.

The president, says expert Luis Alberto Butto, has "the last word on all the military's operational and administrative matters."

More at: http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/chavez-absence-poses-problems-military-005051315.html

Hugo's departure from the scene will create an interesting dynamic between Maduro, Cabello, and Rangel on how to manage the transition of power.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:55 PM

1. LOL.


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Are you suggesting that there is a consequence to a President simply disappearing?

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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:40 AM

2. Oh no, never

Not when it's Chavez. Everyone knows the Bolivarian revolution will continue, because the spirit of Hugo lives on.

Dedicated Chavistas would never lower themselves to petty squabbling and grasping for the power of leadership in his absence/demise/zombiehood.

Just ask the resident LatAm pedants -- they'll set the record straight.

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