Publish in Special Reports - Tuesday, August 7, 2012
President Hugo Chavez says he is free of cancer, but doubts linger. Photo by government of Venezuela.
A closer look at the different scenarios facing Venezuela.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Venezuela is facing an uncertain future, independent of who wins the October presidential elections, experts say.
Much of it is tied to President Hugo Chavez´ cancer, which he announced in July last year. Although he now claims to be "totally free" of cancer, doubts linger as to how well he is and what impact his illness will have if he is re-elected. "He will simply not be able to sustain the kind of insanely active schedule of his first 11 years or so," says Peter Hakim, president emeritus and senior fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue.
However, a less active, accessible, visible Chavez means that others will be more insistently jockeying for position and power, he points out.
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