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Chavez death leaves behind daunting challenges at home, abroad
Chavez death leaves behind daunting challenges at home, abroad

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez loomed so large over his country and Latin America for the last two decades that his death on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer confronts the region with potentially destabilizing political swings and economic setbacks. The last classic caudillo in power after Cuba’s ailing Fidel Castro stepped down five years ago, Chavez leaves behind a transformed political landscape and much unfinished business. Here are five issues facing Venezuelans and their neighbors in the absence of the powerful leftist who was beloved by the region’s poor and resented by the elites whose power and affluence eroded under his tenure: Succession Although...

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