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Chavez imminent death

According to a story publish today by Spain daily ABC , the death of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela is imminent. "Hugo Chavez entered in recent days in an induced coma, with very weak vital signs, maintained through artificial assistance procured the Havana hospital where he was admitted."

"Sources consulted by ABC said Monday that it had been scheduled a disconnection of its artificial assistance that at the moment is extending his life with predictable result of death, at any time after the disconnection."

What happens when the president of Venezuela dies.

If Chávez dies, the Venezuelan Constitution (Article 233) is very clear, it says a new election should be held within 30 days.

For the politicians it is very important the time when the president is not longer able to be on the job. According to the constitution (Art. 233) if the president dies any date on his last two years in office, his appointed vice president will become president and complete his term.
However, the constitution establish (Art, 233) that in case a new President or President-elect is not able to take office, there shall be a new election held within thirty consecutive days. Pending election and inauguration of the new President, the President of the National Assembly will be responsible for the Presidency.

At present Chavez appointed Vice President, Nicolas Maduro
hopes to become the candidate on the new elections of the PSUV ruling political party, it has Hugo Chavez express recommendation. However, other PSUV politicians have other ideas. Diosdado Cabello, ex-military and president of the National Assembly does not hide his aspirations to be the presidential candidate, so is retired Lt. Coronel Arias Cardenas, Chavez mate and the new elected governor of Zulia state, returning on a second time as an elected Zulia's governor.

So, you can see in the government camp there is a lot of backroom politics going on at the present trying to look for interpretations of the constitution, so as to gain time to be able to come up with a consensus candidate for the new elections.

In the mean time, in the opposition side, it is clear that the best candidate for the new elections is Henrique Capriles, the new re-elected governor of Miranda state (integrated within Caracas regional and metropolitan area) and the runner up against Chavez in last October presidential elections.

However, rumors in the grapevine are spreading with all kind of lucubration's from a coup d'etat from the military right lead by Diosdado to one led by the Maduro with the help of the Castro brothers

One thing is for sure, elections must be held within 30 days of either, the absolute absent of the president or if he is unable to be sworn in for the new term, everything else is BS.

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