By William Tucker After an extended fight with cancer, Hugo Chavez, the long-time president of Venezuela, has died. The rumors regarding Chavez's health, where they originated, and how they impacted his governance no longer matter. Venezuela is now in the post-Chavez phase and this will bring a significant amount of uncertainty. Though vice president Nicolas Maduro - Chavez's hand picked successor - has spent the day laying the groundwork for the announcement.
By William Tucker Over the last few days there have been rumors circulating that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died, or is otherwise in a vegetative state, following medical treatment in Cuba. These rumors appear to be unfounded, but the inconsistent discourse coming from Chavez’s inner circle – along with the president’s absence – have made the rumors difficult to combat.