Venezuela's Political Uncertainty: The Bolivarian Revolution at Breaking Point?
RUSI Newsbrief, 23 Nov 2011
By Matt Ince
With Venezuela’s presidential elections now less than a year away, continuing uncertainty over the health of Hugo Chávez has increased the possibility of a power struggle and violence flaring up over the coming months. Questions are now being asked about potential successors to lead the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’, the chances of opposition parties making gains and the roles of both the security forces and armed civilian groups. Such uncertainty can only be relieved by the nomination of a successor to the president, offering the prospect of more moderate government and longer-term pacification of the region's populist social agenda.
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