- The government confirmed that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez died of cancer yesterday (5 March) in the capital Caracas.
- Chávez's death is a game changer in Venezuelan politics and will inevitably imply a reorganisation of the political order. It creates a power vacuum that will be hard to fill.
- Chavismo will now move on to try to consolidate under the leadership of incumbent vice-president Nicolás Maduro, who will run as the candidate for Chávez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela: PSUV). It is highly likely that Henrique Capriles, the governor of Miranda state who was defeated by Chávez in the October 2012 presidential election, will run as the opposition candidate.
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