Venezuela: Can Chavismo last long?
Venezuelan bloggers are asking the question:
Miguel Octavio is not exactly Waiting For Venezuela To Bottom
Because about the only thing that Venezuela has hit bottom yet, is on the leadership. Maduro is really near bottom, he is no Chavez, but oil and oil prices and some reasonable decisions could keep him there for a long time, let’s say, all of his six years.
Daniel Duquenal asks, Can Maduro last long? He looks at the military, at the judicial system, at the beneficiaries of massive corruption, and at the massive inertia created by “the new normal”,
What is certain is that there is an unexpected inertia in his [Maduro's] favor. Not love, but the next best thing for a politician, inertia.
Maduro may be counting on oil prices and inertia to keep him in office, but, as I have speculated before, Diosdado may get antsy.
My bet is that Diosdado, not the opposition, will succeed Maduro.
And no, that’s not a Boy Scout uniform Diosdado’s wearing.
In other Venezuelan news:
Amnesty International blasts Venezuela for abandoning human rights instrument
Venezuela must immediately reverse its decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights and make a commitment to truly protect all individuals, Amnesty International said on Monday. The Venezuelan government’s decision will take effect on Tuesday 10 September. The withdrawal will leave Venezuelan citizens without the protection of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
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