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Hugo Chavez facing "his most difficult hours" and "clinging to life"


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BBC News - Venezuela's Chavez in 'most difficult hours' - Maduro

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is undergoing his "most difficult hours", his deputy has said.

On Monday, officials said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection.

Dozens of people gathered to pray for his health at the hospital where Mr Chavez is being treated.
Vice President Maduro is certainly taking the front foot on this. He's on television, in the media giving detailed interviews and acting as the face of the government. Things have taken a turn for the worse for Chavez, and it appears at this point unlikely he'll make a full recovery. From rumours in December that he'd actually died, he hasn't been seen since returning to Venezuela.

The question on my mind is this: It's unlikely that Chavez can take office at this point one way or the other.What happens next? Surely Maduro can't take over as Chavez himself was never sworn in due to his illness. So what's next? Court battles? Elections? Just ignore the process and stay in power?
 


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Never realised he was only 58?

Shockingly young....
 

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Never realised he was only 58?

Shockingly young....
Sure it only seems like yesterday he was 38 and trying to launch a coup to depose the peaceful and democratically elected government of the day.
 

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Sure it only seems like yesterday he was 38 and trying to launch a coup to depose the peaceful and democratically elected government of the day.
And look at him now. My how he's grown.
 

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Sure it only seems like yesterday he was 38 and trying to launch a coup to depose the peaceful and democratically elected government of the day.
A Government that was presiding over one of the most socially and economically unequal societies in Latin America, and that's saying something.

But he fvcked it up.....made a bad situation worse.

So much for his Bolivar delusion.
 

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Euronews says the Venezuelan VP has expelled the US Ambassador, claiming Chavez cancer is part of an "attack" by his enemies. Yes the cancer. :roll:
 

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Euronews says the Venezuelan VP has expelled the US Ambassador, claiming Chavez cancer is part of an "attack" by his enemies. Yes the cancer. :roll:
Ever hear of Viktor Yushchenko? (That doesn't mean that I think the claim is true)
 

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Euronews says the Venezuelan VP has expelled the US Ambassador, claiming Chavez cancer is part of an "attack" by his enemies. Yes the cancer. :roll:
the Russians are expert at inducing cancer,they have done it at least twice in London alone
 

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A Government that was presiding over one of the most socially and economically unequal societies in Latin America, and that's saying something.

But he fvcked it up.....made a bad situation worse.

So much for his Bolivar delusion.
How did he ''fvk'' it up?
 

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What a disgusting post. Side effects of some cancer treatment include swelling.
The man's gone fat, for whatever reason I don't know. He was fat before he got cancer.

What problem have you got with that?
 

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Sure it only seems like yesterday he was 38 and trying to launch a coup to depose the peaceful and democratically elected government of the day.
And 6 years later he was elected president.
 

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How did he ''fvk'' it up?
Inflation at over 20%, fourth highest murder rate in the world, food shortages, oil production costs massively increased, 14,000 kidnappings in 2011, Venezuela now has some of the lowest scores worldwide in functioning of public institutions, trust in the justice system and domestic competition. It has some of the highest scores in terms of regulation, trade tariffs, and rules that deter foreign investment. Becoming an economic and political basket case.
 

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Sure it only seems like yesterday he was 38 and trying to launch a coup to depose the peaceful and democratically elected government of the day.
are you trolling your own tread
 

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Inflation at over 20%, fourth highest murder rate in the world, food shortages, oil production costs massively increased, 14,000 kidnappings in 2011, Venezuela now has some of the lowest scores worldwide in functioning of public institutions, trust in the justice system and domestic competition. It has some of the highest scores in terms of regulation, trade tariffs, and rules that deter foreign investment. Becoming an economic and political basket case.
It's been a mixed outcome.

Economically, Venezuela's earned huge oil revenues in the past few years with soaring oil prices and has made huge capital transfers to other countries which are not as economically successful.
 

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Inflation at over 20%, fourth highest murder rate in the world, food shortages, oil production costs massively increased, 14,000 kidnappings in 2011, Venezuela now has some of the lowest scores worldwide in functioning of public institutions, trust in the justice system and domestic competition. It has some of the highest scores in terms of regulation, trade tariffs, and rules that deter foreign investment. Becoming an economic and political basket case.
That's hardly his fault though, is it? There was a thread on this before and its probably down to the drugs war.
Venezuela has seen a huge reduction in poverty. That's only 1 thing which is off the top of my head.
 

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It's been a mixed outcome.

Economically, Venezuela's earned huge oil revenues in the past few years with soaring oil prices and has made huge capital transfers to other countries which are not as economically successful.
Perhaps, but very far behind his stated aims and promises.
 
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