The authoritative first-hand account of contemporary Venezuela, Hugo Chávez places the country’s controversial and charismatic president in. people attended the launch of Richard Gott’s book, “Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.” Richard Gott said that his new book. Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution by Richard Gott, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Last weekend he appeared on television to alert his people that his cancer, first diagnosed last year, had taken a serious turn for the worse, as he set off on a fresh journey to Havana for further surgery.
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He was in obvious discomfort and admitted to extreme pain. He announced clearly that his successor, for whom everyone should vote when the time came, would be Nicolas Madurothe vice-president since October and the foreign minister since Then on Wednesday, after a six-hour operation, Revilution made clear in sombre tones that the president’s recovery would be a hard and complex process.
There is an immediate timetable for the weeks ahead. Government ministers indicate that that might now be in doubt.
There is another significant date approaching: After 14 years of considerable institutional change, huge oil revenues now pour into the alleviation of the acute poverty suffered by a large percentage of the country, and there is a rock-solid base of chavista support that will take bplivarian to erode.
There are no immediate crises in sight and, in spite of alarmist reports in the foreign press, the economy is purring along quite well.
After more than a decade on a political roller-coaster, the country will return to a more normal profile. What Venezuela will lose is the spark of genius and of charismatic leadership that has pushed the country on to the world stage. He has captivated his own people and inspired much of the rest of the Latin American continent, and like Castro before him his influence has had a global reach.
The creation of Unasur ina continental organisation without the oppressive presence of the US, has been an important step. These constructs chqvez the deeply rooted Latin American desire for independence that was endlessly thwarted during the years of the cold war. Portuguese-speaking Brazil has never aspired to lead Latin America, and never will, even when Lula eventually returns as president. The image of a democratic and incorruptible leader who once sought to change the history of yhe continent will last long into the 21st century.
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