The health of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s left wing president, could be the most important factor in the country’s future. President Chavez, who has fought cancer since 2011, faces governor Henrique Capriles in the October 7 presidential elections. Voters have a straight choice in a tight race. But nobody is guessing what happens if the president’s health fails.

LATIN America’s most important elections in 2012 take place in Venezuela on October 7, when the population chooses between the ever-present survivor Hugo Chavez and opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski for president.

The differences between the principal candidates ar...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
President Hugo Chavez, first elected in 1999, will consolidate his power at the expense of democratic governance in Venezuela if he wins
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