Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela Confronts Political Uncertainty as Ailing Chavez Misses Inauguration

PBS

Jan 16, 2013

Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, says Capriles, who came closer than anyone to unseating the president, will likely lead those who want to end the Chavez era. 

CYNTHIA ARNSON, Director, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars:  He will remain, I think, the person who the opposition will put up to run against Maduro.  But I think he's coming from behind, and it's also going to be a very difficult, a very short period of time in which to organize another national election. 

The movement will definitely survive, but it will be very different.  There will be different factional conflicts.  There will be -- there's really no one who claims the heart and soul of the ardent Chavez following in the same way that Hugo Chavez has been able to do over these years.

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