Shannon K. O'Neil

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Chávez Loses Battle to Cancer

by Shannon K. O'Neil
March 5, 2013

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during his arrival at Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa (Edgard Garrido/Courtesy Reuters) Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during his arrival at Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa (Edgard Garrido/Courtesy Reuters)

After fourteen years in power, Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced this evening that President Hugo Chávez had lost his long and secretive battle with cancer. Chávez’s legacy will surely be mixed, as he leaves a divided political class and precarious economic situation, but his policies and Chavismo will likely live on. I spoke tonight with Marcus Mabry from the New York Times about what his death could mean for Venezuela, Latin America, and the United States—you can watch the video here.

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