Analyst: "Chávez took the first step towards his substitution"
Analyst Luis Vicente León believes that the Venezuelan president wants his party to bind with his Foreign Minister and Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro
Addressing citizens through a mandatory nationwide TV and radio broadcast, Chávez informed he had to undergo a new surgery considering the emergence of "malignant cells" in his body.
"I believe his message was clear and accurate. That is the first step towars his substitution," León remarked.
The head of Datanálisis explained that by announcing a possible substitute, Chávez prevents any risks that may lead to a division within the revolutionary ranks.
"It was very important to make such an appointment (of Chávez's successor) while still alive. While you are still alive and control power it is actually easier. Power provides charm and the capacity to make any threats," the analyst said.
León noted, "Once Chávez has appointed him (Maduro) as his substitute, uncertainty is over. This will make many pro-Chávez utilitarian people bind rapidly with Maduro because they clearly know what the route is."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.